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.
Wildlife Area Manager: Rob Unruh
Lovewell Area Office Phone: (785) 753-4971
Wildlife Area Manager: Matt Farmer
Jamestown Area Office Phone: (785) 439-6243
Google Earth file of Talmo Wildlife Area boundaries.
- 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|| |
400 ducks, a good mix of puddle and diving ducks. 30 White-Fronted Geese.
REMINDER: ALL HUNTERS NEED TO CHECK IN TO HUNT USING iSPORTSMAN
|Water level||All pools are at or near full.|
|Hunting conditions||Things are looking good with excellent moist soil and good bird use before the opener last weekend. The pressure and warm weather has moved the birds to a nocturnal pattern.|
|Expected hunting success||The warm weather has the birds utilizing the area at night and spending the days on private land. Hunters averaged 2.3 birds each for the past week.|
- TALMO IS IN THE LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE
Duck Season (first segment) - 10/31/20 - 1/3/2021
- 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.
-The area has a no trash policy. If you take it in, please bring it back out with you. This includes spent shotgun shells.
-ALL vehicles MUST remain on the roads and designated parking areas only.