John Redmond Wildlife Area
The 1637 acre John Redmond Wildlife Area lies on both sides of Otter Creek which flows into John Redmond Reservoir along its southwest shoreline. There are approximately 200 acres of riparian area and 465 acres of cropland. Approximately 970 acres that are native grass or have at sometime been planted to native grasses. Up to 75 percent of the wildlife area is very heavily flood proned and it is difficult to sustain a good permanent cover such as native grass on the area.
The management objective for John Redmond Wildlife Area is to provide the public with a quality outdoor experience, managing the wildlife and wildlife habitat with an ecological based approach, while providing quality hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, quail, doves, and waterfowl .
Manager – John Johnson
Phone - (620) 637-2748
- Starting this Fall (2007), deer hunting will be restricted to Shotgun and Archery Only.
- Off Road vehicles, including ATV’s and horse use is prohibited.
- Only Steel Shot may be used on the area.
Special Features: John Redmond Wildlife Area is bordered on the west by the Fish & Wildlife Services, Flinthills Wildlife Area, and on the southeast by Corps of Engineers property. The user needs to be aware of these boundaries, as hunting regulations do differ from agency to agency.
The Kansas Fish and Game Commission entered into a lease agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 to lease 1637 acres along the southwest side of John Redmond Reservoir .
|Waterfowl numbers||1000 mixed divers, 1000 mixed pudlers, and 3000 dark geese, and some 3,500 snow geese.|
|Water level||Current Level: 1041.2 Conservation Pool Level: 1041|
|Hunting conditions|| |
TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE
YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS
(Youth 17 and younger)
Southeast Zone: Oct. 30-31, 2021
DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE
6 ducks, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.
LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER
John Redmond and Otter Creek Wildlife Area Fall 2021 Conditions-
I expect average habitat conditions this year for waterfowl on John Redmond Reservoir. Otter Creek Marshes, located below John Redmond Dam- Only the upper marsh will have water this year. It has excellent vegetation, and is currently full.
The Sedimentation Basins located on west side, below dam, are not open for hunting, and are privately owned and operated.
|Expected hunting success||Shallow water, and shorlines starting to ice up. Boat ramps are currently open but could lock up with below average temperatures. I expect above average success for boat hunters out on the reservoir.|
|Comments||For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.|