Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Wildlife Area

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Norton Wildlife Area, located 3 miles southwest of Norton, comprises Sebelius Reservoir and adjacent lands except for the State Park and Federal Operation Areas. When full, the reservoir totals 2,181 water acres and provides the best natural resource opportunities. As water levels decline, trade offs occur between aquatic and land species and associated recreational opportunities. Constituents are always looking for ways to keep water levels as high as possible in the reservoir.

The area primarily provides great hunting, fishing, and boating. Walk-in access is nearly unlimited. A system of seasonal and permanent roads provides good vehicular access. The only fees required are licenses for fishing, hunting, and boating, which support management of the area.

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

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Area News - Updated: 10/01/2018

Keith Sebelius Reservoir/ Norton Wildlife Area News

For information regarding dove hunting please click the tab to the right.

Norton Wildlife Area is looking promising for the upcoming hunting seasons. Generous summer precipitation has provided ample vegetation for wildlife to utilize. Both deer and birds will be hard to see if they are very far off the road due to the tall vegetation. This will lead to good hunting opportunities for those willing to hike to places unknown.

Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.

General Information

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

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Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS


History

The Norton Wildlife Area is a reservoir property that is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, but managed under a long-term agreement by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for fish, wildlife, and recreation. The Norton Wildlife Area borders Keith Sebelius Lake which was created in 1964 when the Bureau of Reclamation completed construction of the Norton Dam.

Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Areas

Three Jakes


Schoen's Cove


Norton Waterfowl Report - 03/20/2020
Waterfowl numbers 103 ducks - 89 dark geese - 15 snow geese   
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is 4.5 feet below conservation pool. The lake is up almost 7 feet this year.
Hunting conditions

Good. The lake has come up significantly this year and the amount of hunting area has increased greatly.  Some late summer rains pushed water into vegetation so habitat and concealment cover are good.

Walk in hunting is tough due to deep water levels. Most of the shallows are frozen over and hunters need to take caution when hunting on or around ice.

Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal with minimal effort. Moderate with moderate effort. Success should be had if you put in the work and hunt smart.
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

DUCK SEASON DATES FOR 2019

Teal Season: September 21 - 29, 2019

Youth Duck Season: October 5-6, 2019

Regular Duck Season:  October 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020, AND January 17-26, 2020.

Canada Goose Season: October 26 - 27, 2019 AND November 6, 2019 - February 16,2020.

REMINDERS -

The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering and you will be ticketed.

     

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