Talmo Wildlife Area
Of the 948 acres of public hunting now available on the area, over 290 acres are wetlands. The rest of the area comprises of native warm season and cool season grasses and ag fields. Some of the wetlands have been enrolled into NRCS WRP program and construction for restoring the majority of these wetlands was complete in 2017. New water control structures and renovation of existing wetlands by subdividing into units so water and vegetation can be managed more effectively was the result of the partnership between KDWPT and NRCS. The goal of the renovation was to provide optimum wildlife habitat, improved user opportunities and play an important role in the overall Lower Republican River watershed management and life span of the marshes.
There are varieties of other wildlife habitats on the area. Upland birds and small game species use weeds, crop fields, grasses and shrubs. The area offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.
The limited public lands in Kansas require intensive wildlife management and some special restrictions. This area receives heavy hunting pressure. Wildlife population and hunter use surveys are conducted to evaluate management and the effects of heavy pressure on the area.
- Non-toxic shot required for ALL SHOTGUN hunting.
- No motorized boats allowed - carry-in ONLY.
- Electronic Daily hunt permits ARE REQUIRED for ALL hunting.
- Target practice or target shooting is NOT ALLOWED.
- Trapping is by permit only. The permit may be obtained from the Lovewell Area Office.
- No trash receptacles are provide on the area. Please take your trash with you.
- All motorized vehicles MUST remain on maintained roadways or parking areas.
In Republic County just southeast of the town of Talmo, lies a 1,400 acre historic wetland known as Talmo or Seapo(a Native American word meaning ‘great salt basin’), and sometimes known as the “Tuthill Marsh”(named for the first European settler in this area, J.G. Tuthill). Parcels of this rather large, alkaline wetland have been purchased by the KS. Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to create approximately 950 acres of new lands open to outdoor recreation. Soon after Kansas statehood, the marsh at Talmo was also one of the original salt marshes deeded to the State by the 36th Congress during Abraham Lincoln’s term in office. Before Kansas was settled by Europeans, salt marshes and salt springs were used by wildlife, Native Americans, and early travelers. Wild animals of the plains, especially bison, deer, antelope, and elk obtained salt from places known as licks or salt flats, where saline ground water reaches the surface and then evaporated during dry times, leaving salt on top of the ground. Early hunters visited the salt marshes to hunt and collect salt. During the wetter times of the year waterfowl and shorebirds in large numbers used these areas for migration stopovers. The area was highly modified during the late 1960's in an attempt to farm the area. After multiple years of farming and flooding, the area was primarily used for grazing cattle.
|Waterfowl numbers||350 ducks Mostly Mallard, Green Wing Teal and Pintail.|
|Water level||100% froze. All marshes are full and should remain nearly full until spring. Ice is expected to thaw with next weeks forecast.|
|Hunting conditions||Good water levels but not much flooded food. Summer heavy rains and flooded conditions did not allow moist soil plants to grow.|
|Expected hunting success||Each cold front is bringing new birds, however the pressure is educating them pretty quick.|
- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
- Hunters MUST check in DAILY with iSportsman when doing any hunting on the area
- No ATV's are allowed on Department land and maintained roads.
-ALL shotgun hunters must use NON-TOXIC shot
-No motorized boats allowed. Hunters wanting to utilize boats must carry/paddle them in.
-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.