Neosho Wildlife Area News

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Neosho Wildlife Area

2021 Habitat conditions:

Habitat wise this year looks really good!!! 230 acres of corn was planted across the entire area in June.  The rain following the planting was hard on it but staff managed to save around 175 acres.  Replant was tried in the middle of July with no success as it was followed by another large rain and was a total loss.  The corn that made it is not the best we have ever raised but with the conditions that were dealt we have to be happy.  Planted around 100 acres of Millet in July and most of it was destroyed by Army worms.  Luckily we had good conditions for growing moist soil plants and everything looks very promising for a great waterfowl season.   

Moist soil production in last years Corn strips was outstanding, with wild millets and annual smartweed being the predominate species. 


Hunters can check-in / check-out here, using your licensing login credentials. 

There are two new regulations for the 2021-2022 hunting season. First, NO centerfire rifles or handguns will be allowed for hunting. Second, NO ACCESS (FOOT, BOAT, ETC.) into the wetlands BEFORE 5:00AM, and MUST be out of the wetlands within an HOUR AFTER SUNSET (LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS).    

Other regulations to keep in mind are parking in designated parking areas ONLY, boats must operate at no wake speeds in the boating canals, and watercraft are not permitted within the hunting pools until the day of waterfowl season at 5:00am. Also Pools 4A and 4B are open to NON-MOTORIZED boats only (Note: An electric trolling motor is a motor and will not be allowed). 

Area staff has had a lot of questions on how the main parking area is going to work for this fall.  Parking will be allowed only where the gray curb stops are located.  The curb stops that are painted red symbolize no parking.  The most efficient use of the parking area will be to travel counter clockwise as the curb stops are angled for this direction of travel.  We realize that there are places in the parking area where there are no curb stops that look very appealing for parking but they are not designated areas to park and parking in such areas is not allowed and will not be tolerated.  We want to make sure there is ample room for every user whether it be trucks with trailers, cars or just  regular trucks.  All parking areas will be marked and are in the new area brochure.  Parking along roadsides will no longer be tolerated for safety reasons.  It is each users responsibility to know the regulations, so if you have questions or are unsure please feel free to contact us. 

South Unit 

No new news to report

Pool 9 Construction -Construction of a new 35 acre wetland is complete. This wetland will be located just east of the "Tin Barn" and south of 47 Hwy. Parking WILL NOT be allowed along Hwy 47. Parking will be allowed at the "tin barn" or along the road going to the "tin barn". This wetland will rely heavily on rainfall BUT we will be able to supplemental pump from Brogan creek when conditions allow

Hunting Pool Habitat 2021-2022

Pool Acres Beans Corn Millet mix Moist Soil Greentree Buckwheat
1 350 60 50 70 205 65 0
2A 155 0 40 0 85 30 0
2B 190 0 0 0 160 30 0
4A 90 0 45 0 45 0 0
4B 65 0 35 0 30 0 0
5 85 0 20 0 45 20 0
6 15 0 0 0 0 15 0
7 7 0 7 0 0 0 0
8 33 0 23 0 10 0 0
9 40 15 5 10 20 0 0
South Unit 100 10 0 0 50 40 0

As always, if you have questions please feel free to call the office at 620-449-2539.  We are always happy to take your calls and please keep in mind that this is a field office, so if we do not answer please leave a message and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we can.