Elwood Wildlife Area

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Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Elwood wildlife area.

Hunters are required to check in and out. ( https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911 )

Three out of the four dove fields at Elwood Wildlife Area are in good shape. The first field is located south of Wathena, Kansas on Monument Road at the Peter's Creek Wildlife Area. The second field is about a mile east of Elwood's pond, right along the levee. Hunters should park at the dead end parking lot on the frontage road, and walk down a mowed path to the field. The third field is located next to the levee at the farthest east parking lot. All fields and parking areas are shown on the websites sunflower field map, along with paths to get to them (shown with dotted white line). Every parking lot will have a sunflower field map posted on the kiosk sign. 

All fields have sunflowers have a moderate amounts of weeds, with some having minimal deer damage. The sunflower field at the grain bins piece was completely destroyed by deer, but still may hold some doves. 

Elwood Wildlife Area covers approximately 1523 acres. The area is divided into two areas, Elwood East and West. Elwood East is 843 acres and Elwood West is 680 acres, which includes Peters Creek. Both areas are on the frontage road on the South side of Highway 36, south and southwest of Elwood, Kansas.

Both areas are similar in habitat. The main habitat type on each area is a CRP program that allows natural regeneration of vegetation, mainly cottonwood trees. On Elwood East there is 453 acres and on Elwood West there is 128 acres of this CRP habitat. Both areas have cultivated fields, with a total of 223.3 acres. A rotation of crops; corn, wheat and soybeans are planted, with 5% of the total crop left in the field for wildlife. There are also 3 food plot, one on Elwood East and two on Elwood West, totaling 20 acres. These food plots are managed mainly for morning doves, but the food plots are used by a variety of wildlife. Sunflowers and wheat are the main crops planted in these areas.

Wildlife Information:

There are good numbers of Deer and turkey. Doves are plentiful in the late summer and early fall. While there are pheasant and quail on the areas, numbers are small. Hunting for pheasant and quail is limited to Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during season. A variety of other wildlife also use the area.

Three parking areas have been constructed and information signs put up on all three areas. This infrastructure will provide better information and a safe area in which to park. The entire area is open to hunting but is restricted to following weapons types only - shotgun, archery and muzzleloader.

Fishing Information:

Fishing for a variety of river species in the Missouri River is available, but is limited to foot access.

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Area News - Updated: 09/10/2020

Elwood Wildlife Area News

All hunters are required to sign in to Isportsman before hunting. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/

Legal equipment for hunting would include archery, muzzle loaders and shotguns.

Upland bird hunting only on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays.

There is currently dirt work being done on the levee at Elwood Wildlife Area. Hunting is not allowed from the river, to 600 foot north of the levee. 
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Special Regulations

 

  • This area is non-toxic shot only
  • Area is restricted to the following weapons types - Shotgun, Archery and Muzzleloader
  • Pheasant and quail hunting restricted to Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday only
  • Off road vehicle, ATV and horse use is prohibited.
  • No alcohol or cereal malt beverages of any kind are allowed on the area.
  • Special regulations and restriction are posted on the area

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

The US Army Corps of Engineers purchased the area as a Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project in 2006. This area was purchased under authorization of Congress through the Mitigation Project in Section 334(a) of the Water Resources Department. The area was then licensed to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, with wildlife management efforts beginning in March of 2007.

Dove Fields