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Hunting and Fishing Flint Hills

huntingFlint Hills National Wildlife Refuge offers several opportunities for the hunting enthusiast.  Fishing is allowed in all Refuge waters, not in the closed areas.

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a special place for wildlife and people.  As you hunt and fish, please observe the regulations to help you enjoy and protect rich diversity of habitats and wildlife found here. 

The Refuge headquarters and visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. 

Hunting and fishing hours follow those set in the Kansas Stat hunting and fishing regulations. 


All Federal and State Hunting regulations apply. 

Hunters must possess all applicable Federal and State License and stamps. 

Refuge hunting areas are open to hunting of waterfowl, deer, turkey, and upland game birds with seasons set by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Park, and Tourism. 

Hunting coyotes and furbearers is prohibited. 

Trapping is prohibited 

Hunting areas north of the Neosho River are closed to all public entry from November 1 to March 1.  See Hunting Map for details. 

Shooting from or over roads and parking areas are prohibited. 

It is illegal to retrieve game from areas closed to hunting. 

Bow and arrow, shotguns, muzzleloader, and rimfire firearms are permitted for Refuge hunting. 

All shotgun hunters must use non-toxic shot, except for deer hunting. 

Baiting and hunting over bait are not allowed on Refuge lands. 

Dogs must be under the owners’ control at all times.  Dog may not be used for running or harassing wildlife. 

See hunting map for hunting areas. 


All Refuge Water, not in closed area, are open to sport fishing in accordance with Federal and State fishing regulations. 

All statewide length and creel limits apply to Refuge Waters. 

For information about specific hunting regulations, contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) at 620-672-5911 (Pratt) or 620-342-0658 (Emporia).  Hunting licenses are not available at Flint Hills, 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  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. 


Last Updated: Mar 20, 2013
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