Neosho Wildlife Area News

Area News

Neosho Wildlife Area


The renovation project has two objectives. The first is to improve the amount and quality of habitat available annually for waterfowl and other wildlife species. The second objective is to decrease the annual operation and maintenance costs at the area.

October 3,2019

Mother Nature has been very trying this summer to say the least! Heavy rains right before Memorial Day weekend brought the river to levels comparable to 2007 (although the damage to infrastructure was not nearly as extensive). Our main flood control levees were overtopped in early June putting more water across the entire area than there was during late duck season. By early July we were finally able to get water off of most of the pools long enough for Moist Soil plant germination to take place. Moist soil was fertilized in early July just in time for it to start raining again. Tractors and implements were not able to get within the wetlands until July 20th and roughly 130 acres were worked with plans of planting millet. Ground was worked just in time for another 3-4" rain. These acres were drilled to millet the following weekend just prior to another big rain. Germination of millet was fantastic and is coming along nicely. With all of the wet weather, wild millet germination was exception in with the drilled millet and will provide some fantastic food production.

In early August we were finally able to get heavy equipment contractors in to begin repairing flood damages and begin working on some drainage issues in Pools 1, 2A, and 2B. These drainage issues were expected and part of the original renovation plan. Work on these is complete. 

We have been capturing some rainfall in many of the pools. Please remember that it is a long season and we prefer to stage our water levels up throughout the year to provide ideal foraging depths and continue to provide "fresh" food. 

Overall this years habitat looks great to exceptional. This years diversity of moist soil plants is exceptional and should provide a fantastic buffet for migrating waterfowl. It seems like we have said it several times of the last several years but the seed production on the wild millets and smart weed is unbelievable and we are very pleased with our habitat production! 

Reminder: iSportsman daily permits are free and required of all hunters. This applies to all types of game, not just waterfowl hunting. Failure to comply with iSportsman regulations will not be tolerated and will result in a citation. Hunters are encouraged to access their iSportsman account to ensure that their information is up to date and that they have their username and password. Please do this by going to the iSportsman webpage ( and click on "My Account". You can edit any information here.The information acquired from this system is very critical to the future management decisions of the area. Thank you for you cooperation.

New brochure maps are in and will be available at the checkstation and Parking area KIOSKs so please feel free to grab one and make yourself familiar with these.

 A couple of the new regulations will be parking in designated parking areas ONLY , boats must operate at no wake speeds in the boating canals, and watercraft are not permitted with the hunting pools until the day of waterfowl season. 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). Staff has posted pictures showing new levee arrangements, parking areas, camping areas, boat ramps and boating canals. This is a very exciting time with all of the improvements being made. This site will be updated as work progresses and season nears and once again thanks for your patience while this much needed work is being completed!! 

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 Renovation

South Unit Renovation was completed early in 2019. We have boards in some of the moist soil pools and began capturing water in early August. Water levels are excellent in all pools except for the timber pools. Some minor dirt work was completed in early September. The dirt work stems from from flood damage back in late May-June. Pumping of the South Unit is anticipated to begin in late October/early November. Please remember that we have to meet all of Division of Water Resources compliance requirements and pumping will only take place with river flows meeting their requirements.

All Water Control structures were replaced and levees were rebuilt and raised. This should make water delivery to the pools much more feasible and reliable. This has also increased the amount of hunt-able acres as well as the surface acres.

Pool 9 Construction -Construction of a new 35 acre wetland began on September 16th. This wetland will be located just east of the "Tin Barn" and south of 47 Hwy. It was dry enough to work for 4 days. Significant progress was made until it rained again on September 20th. Since September 20th the area has received 11.25 inches of rain through today (October 3rd), and no construction has been able to take place since. With it raining now, and more rain in the forecast this pool will not be completed in time to get vegetation established on the new levees. Pool 9 will not have water for the 2019-2020 waterfowl season but will be ready to go for next year! 

Hunting Pool Habitat 2019-2020.

Pool Acres Beans Corn Millet mix Moist Soil Greentree Buckwheat
1 350 100 0 30 155 65 0
2A 155 0 0 60 55 30 10
2B 190 0 0 10 150 30 0
4A 90 0 0 0 90 0 0
4B 65 0 0 0 60 0 5
5 85 0 0 30 35 20 0
6 15 0 0 0 0 15 0
7 7 7 0 0 0 0 0
8 33 0 0 0 33 0 0
South Unit 100 0 0 0 60 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.