As of 2 March 2015, water conditions were mostly frozen. Although many interior water units had low water levels, there was at least some water in most areas within the hunting zones. Both Big and Little Salt Marshes were near full. More than half of the areas north of NE 170th Street had water, and North Lake was mostly full. Water quantities varied (and will continue to vary) in other areas of the hunting zones due to seasonal draw-downs and filling. Staff were surprised to see a small flock of White-fronted Geese in Big Salt Marsh on September 21 - a week or two earlier than average. Over all, Snow Goose and Sandhill Crane migration got off to a slow start, and was later somewhat rushed due to earlier-than average cold temperatures during mid-November. Numbers of geese in the tens of thousands continued to hold well into mid-December. Extreme cold temperatures at the end of 2014 resulted in all waterfowl leaving the refuge. January warmer temperatures saw the return of ducks and geese, with February showing a wide range of freeze/thaw cycles.
Hunting opened at Quivira starting September 1, 2014, with hunting allowed for Dove and Rabbit. Teal season ran in mid-late September, and other waterfowl seasons began in late October. Updates on waterfowl numbers will continue to be posted through the link below (when available), so check back regularly.
Quivira is open to hunting annually from September 1 through February 28 only in selected areas. Within the appropriate season, hunting is allowed for geese, ducks, pheasant, quail, snipe, rail, rabbit and squirrel. At present, there is no hunting season at Quivira for deer, cranes, wild turkey, or any other species not listed above. Quivira has its own special regulations (see link below); otherwise state laws apply for things such as bag limits, permits, etc. Only steel, bismuth, or other approved non-toxic shot is allowed, and the possession of lead shot is prohibited at Quivira. Hunting for sandhill crane, deer, and turkey is not allowed. Trapping is not permitted at Quivira. For a hunting map and specific regulations, click one of the links below or stop by the Visitors Center or one of the many information kiosks located around the Refuge.
For information about specific hunting regulations, contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) at 620-672-5911 (Pratt) or 316-683-8069 (Wichita). Hunting licenses are not available at Quivira, and may be purchased from KDWPT offices or online from the KDWPT website. All you need are a credit card and a printer. For more information about how to get your license, go to the KDWPT website at www.ksoutdoors.com. For deer hunting in the area (not on the Refuge) the KDWPT has a referral service. Call them at 1-888-497-8661 to get information on local landowners who may allow deer hunting on their property. All other hunting and fishing questions should be directed to 620-672-5911.
Location of Accessible Blind at Unit 30
Pheasant and Quail: These birds are typically scattered throughout the uplands of Quivira, and populations vary with weather conditions. In recent years (since 2011) populations are down due to drought and heat. Most likely places to find them within the hunting zones are Units 10 and 11, the 3 sections of land east of NE 140th Avenue (north of the blacktop), and the northeast corner of the Refuge (Rice County).
The Ring-necked Pheasant can be found scattered throughout Quivira
For a map of the Quivira hunting zones, click here: Quivira Hunting Map
For a full description of Quivira hunting regulations, click here: Hunting Regulations
Call 620-486-2393 or email Refuge Staff: Quivira email address
Hunters are reminded that ALL hunting is suspended on Quivira NWR effective March 1 through August 31.
WARNING! KNOW YOUR TARGET!!!Waterfowl hunters on Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and sandhill crane hunters on surrounding private lands should be extremely careful to identify their targets. Endangered Whooping Cranes may be in the area. A mistake in identification could result in a Whooping Crane being shot and subjecting the hunter to severe criminal penalties. Hunters are reminded that sandhill crane hunting is NOT permitted on Quivira National Wildlife Refuge!! Also be aware that ALL hunting areas on the Refuge will be closed when the Whooping Cranes are present. Even with the Refuge areas closed, the endangered Whooping Cranes will travel out of the Refuge to feed. Hunters on private lands should be aware that Whooping Cranes may be traveling in mixed flocks with sandhill cranes or geese. If you are not positive about the identification of your target... DO NOT SHOOT!! A MISTAKE CAN BE COSTLY! Quivira is not open to deer, turkey, or crane hunting.
Fishing is allowed on all bodies of water on the Refuge. Channel Catfish and Carp are the most common fish at Quivira. The most popular and accessible places are the banks and piers on the north and east sides of Little Salt Marsh. In addition, we have a "Kids Fishing Pond"...adults MUST be accompanied by a fishing child, 14 years of age or younger. This pond, located near the south entrance of the Refuge, is periodically stocked and affords the younger fisherfolks out there a chance to experience the thrill of landing a big one! Again, you must be in compliance with State fishing regulations and laws. Sorry, no boats are allowed on any body of water on the Refuge.
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.