Area News

2021 Dove Fields

All hunters are required to use the iSportsman Electronic Daily Check-in/ Check-out system. 

Glen Elder Wildlife Area does NOT require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.  Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season. Wheat fields will be burned, mowed, or lightly disked. All managed dove areas will have mowed parking areas and mowed walking trails to the fields

8/27 update-  THE GRANITE CREEK WHEAT AND SUNFLOWER FIELDS WILL BE CLOSED TO HUNTING SEPTEMBER 1ST THROUGH 3RD AND WILL BE RESERVED FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH.  At noon on Sept. 4th the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 9th. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Friday Sept. 10 the field will be open to all hunters for the remainder of the season.  ADDITIONALLY, THE GOLF COURSE SUNFLOWER FIELD WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED AS A YOUTH-MENTOR FIELD TO BEGIN THE SEASON.

You can find a Google Earth map of the dove fields here.

County Line Fields - 3 miles east of Downs and about 1/2 mile south of Highway 24. One 15 acre sunflower field located on east side of road and 4 acres of wheat just to the east of the sunflowers.

Airport Field -  1/4 mile west of Cawker City and 1/4 mile south of Highway 24.  One 18 acre field of sunflowers. Hunters should turn off Highway 24 immediately west of the railroad tracks and park where the trail forks.

Lowdon Fields - 1 mile south of Downs, 1 mile east, and 1 mile back to north. One 11 acre sunflower field located 1/4 mile east of parking lot and 3 acres of wheat just west of the parking lot.

Glen Elder Field -  1/2 mile south of the town of Glen Elder on west side of the road. There is one 5 acre wheat field.  

Granite Creek Fields - 2 miles east of Cawker City and south of the intersection of Highway 24 and 130 Rd.  Hunters should park near (not in front of) the green metal gates just south of the highway.  One 23 acre field of sunflowers SE of the gates and one 5 acre field of wheat SW of the gates.  This field will be closed to hunting on 9/1 through 9/3, reserved for a youth hunt on the morning of 9/4, and will be a youth-mentor hunting field from mid day 9/4 through 9/9.  On 9/10 it will open to all hunters.

Golf Course Field -  1/2  mile east of Cawker City and just south of Highway 24 (north of Lakeside Golf Course).  One 6 acre sunflower field.  This field is designated as a Youth-Mentor Field from September 1st through the 14th.  On September 15th it will open to all hunters.

Manager's Notes and Logbook
  • Here are some of the Statewide Public Lands Regulation changes from recent years. See printed regulations for complete details.
  • Each hunter is only allowed to have 2 tree stands on a property. Stands must be labelled with hunter's information.
  • Portable blinds and all decoys are not allowed to be left out overnight.
  • Baiting for any hunting purposes is no longer allowed
  • Each of the last few years, we have established several new shrub plots and about 60 acres of new grass strips were planted. 80+ acres of sunflower fields and about 100 acres of upland milo and cane plots are also planted every year.
  • We spray hundreds of acres of brome grass each fall on the area to encourage early succession growth to benefit our upland bird populations.
  • Please be respectful the many dirt roads we have around the area. If WA and county roads are muddy-STAY OFF OF THEM!!
  • Our tree shearing contractor is continuing to work at several different locations on the WA. This work really improves the upland habitat. We will continue this work for the next several years.

2015 Youth and Women's Pheasant Hunt

The 18th annual Waconda Lake Youth, Women & Celebrity Pheasant Hunt was held on December 12, 2015 with 24 new and inexperienced hunters participating.  Participants came from all across Kansas ranging in ages from 10 to 60, and 14 of the novice hunters were girls and women.  The event is organized by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff from the Glen Elder Wildlife Area and the Wichita-based Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. Both agencies are strongly committed to getting more young people and families into the outdoors and enjoying all of the associated benefits.

This year’s Celebrities included 5 former professional athletes from the NFL and drag racing circuits and 5 “Hero-Celebrities” who are members of the Kansas National Guard.  Celebrities hunted and interacted with the participants throughout the day’s events serving as adult role models for the hunters.  Several of the youth and women hunters were also family members of the celebrities. 

Participants were divided into small groups based on their individual levels of hunting experience.  Less experienced individuals “worked their way up” to hunting by progressing through instructional stages that included field exercises and trap shooting during the first half of the morning.  More experienced hunters went right to hunting wild birds.  By the end of the morning, all the participants were pursuing pheasants in various refuge portions of Glen Elder Wildlife Area and State Park, where regular public hunting is not allowed.  Each participant was accompanied throughout the day by a non-hunting adult mentor for safety, and each hunting group had several bird dogs and handlers to assist them.

When all of the hunting groups had finished by mid-afternoon the final total of rooster pheasants harvested came up to an impressive 53 birds!  Every participant got multiple shot chances, with most bagging at least 1 bird.   There were many “first birds” on the day and one young boy even managed to get a limit of 4 roosters.

The full day of events began with a biscuits and gravy breakfast provided by Lakeside Convenience.  Burgers, hot dogs and chili were served for lunch by the Waconda Lake Association, and the day concluded with a hunters’ banquet sponsored by local Pheasants Forever chapters on Saturday night.  The youth and women hunters were also provided with a prize package and all participants including mentors and volunteers received a commemorative T-shirt.  Nearly 90 people participated in the event in some fashion or another.

This entire event was provided to all participants at no charge due to the generous support of 35 different businesses and individuals.  The majority of these sponsors are from the local communities surrounding Waconda Lake.  

2015 Sponsors List-  KDWPT, Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc., Waconda Lake Association, Osborne County PF, Waconda Ringnecks PF, Guy Caster, Mark Arneson, Mike Nyhoff, Doug Richards, Brush Art, Sunflower/ AGCO, Midway COOP, Lakeside Convenience, Miller Welding, Cunningham Telephone and Cable, Wayne's Sporting Goods, Todd & Wendy Brooks, Myers Sporting and Supply, Corner Drug and Gift, Tipton Screen Printing, Bob's Inc., Miller Hardware, Scoular Grain, Culligan Water Conditioning, State Bank of Downs, Grady Farms, Central National Bank, Lori's Lodge, Tim Taylor, Waconda Struttin' Dusters NWTF, Cawker City Convenience, Cawker City United Methodist Church, and Stuff-n-Such lodging.

iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits

On September 1, 2017, Glen Elder Wildlife Area became the 25th KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism managed area that utilizes the iSportsman daily hunting permit system.  iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for accurate, real time analysis and statistics throughout the year.  Hunters at the Glen Elder Wildlife Area surrounding Waconda Lake are required to “check in” prior to hunting and “check out” after hunting on a daily basis.  During the process hunters will be asked a few basic questions such as what species they plan to hunt and if they harvested any game.

The iSportsman system has been up and running for 3 years now at various KDWPT public hunting properties across Kansas, and is a much more convenient system than the old style paper cards where users had to find and utilize card stations that were scattered around the public properties.  The new electronic system allows hunters to check in and out from their smartphones, home computers, or a traditional telephone.  Check in can be done from anywhere and can even be done on the night before a hunt.

Glen Elder WA hunters who do not already have an iSportsman account will need to create one at  Once an account is created each user will have their own password and PIN number for future use.  There are no charges or fees involved with using the system. Checking in and out of a property via smartphone or computer is very user friendly.  The telephone system is somewhat cumbersome at this time, and for those who absolutely need it Glen Elder WA will still have 1 or 2 traditional card stations at a centralized location.

The iSportsman system is an extremely useful tool for KDWPT Public Lands Managers.  With a property as large as Glen Elder WA, the iSportsman system will give local managers a much better idea of what is happening on the property on a day to day basis.   Information gathered will assist local managers with future decisions on how to continue to offer high-quality hunting opportunities for our users while managing our public lands in a responsible fashion.

Since KDWPT implemented iSportsman in 2014 more than 32,000 individual accounts have been created and there have been over 142,000 check-ins.  Besides the 30+ KDWPT properties utilizing it, iSportsman is also being used by many Department of Defense facilities across the nation, including Fort Riley Military Base.  Glen Elder Wildlife Area users are encouraged to contact Manger Chris Lecuyer with any questions or concerns at 785-545-3345.