Wilson Wildlife Area

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Click on the "News" or "General Information" links above for 2017 Dove Field information, refuge dates, contact info, and other current events.

Wilson Wildlife Area is located in the scenic Smoky Hills of northcentral Kansas and is on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069 acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek.

Area management focuses on providing a quality experience for visitors, and managing wildlife and wildlife habitats for optimum hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities. Pheasant, quail, turkey, dove, rabbit, whitetail deer, waterfowl, furbearers and many songbirds and non-game wildlife inhabit or pass through and use the area.

The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996. Hunting opportunities are fair for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and upland birds. The area receives heavy hunting pressure during season openers and can provide less crowded conditions later in the hunting seasons.

Information shelters on the area and the Wilson Area Office have more information available.

Area News - Updated: 08/31/2013
2017 Managed Dove Fields (PDF - 1.47 MB)

Updated August 16th, 2017

Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season.  Most sunflower fields did well; however we are seeing heavy pressure from blackbirds which is resulting in little remaining seed availability.  Dove fields are open to all hunters SEPT 1.

Dove Field #1 – Sunflowers – (5 ac) – Field is located near the intersection of 192nd and Decker Rd.  Field is east of blacktop.  Hunter parking lot is located on east side of 192nd.

Dove Field #2 – Sunflowers – (8 ac) – Cedar Creek area; From Land Rd, go South on 193rd to Hunter parking lot on east side of road.  Walk in along field access road approx. ¼ mi. 

General Information

Wilson Wildlife Area

Contact: Scott Thomasson

Phone: (785) 658-2465

Wilson Area Office
#3 State Park Road
Sylvan Grove, KS, 67481


                                CURRENT EVENTS
ATTENTION: The refuge at Wilson Wildlife Area will be closed to all activities Sept 1 - Jan 31 except by special permit.


Special Regulations
  • Camping and off road vehicle use are not allowed on the area.
  • No Cliff jumping


Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.


The 8,069 acre Wilson Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under the terms of a license with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965.

Wilson Facilities
Elm Creek Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.936369 -98.629865
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    This Boat ramp is used for small watercraft and is not usable when lake is 5 feet low.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.

Cedar Creek Boat Ramp

Area Maintenance Building
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: 39.973018 -98.723434
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    Field office and equipment storage.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.

Wilson Wildlife Area Calendar

    Wilson Waterfowl Report - 02/07/2018
    Waterfowl numbers

    13,000 ducks; mostly mallards and common goldeneyes; 12,000 dark geese and 5,000 light geese


    Mallard Migration Rank

    Mallard Migration Rank = 7

    The Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak Mallard Numbers)

    Water level 1516.14; at conservation pool
    Hunting conditions Reservoir is currently 98% ice covered. Ice conditions will be highly variable over the next few days, with multiple freeze/thaw cycles expected.
    Expected hunting success Fair to good - those who are able to find agricultural fields with birds (PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ON PRIVATE FIELDS) should have good opportunities.

    Wilson Reservoir is in the Low Plains Late Duck Zone 

    Refuge CLOSED SEPT 1 through JAN 31

    Contact Corps of Engineers at 785-658-2551 for hunting restrictions around Minooka, Lucas and Sylvan Parks

    Contact Wilson State Park at 785-658-2465 ext. 1 for hunting restrictions around Hell Creek and Otoe Parks