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Features

  • Hunting and Fishing

    Historic proposal for hunting & fishing

    In spring 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt announced a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities

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    Refuge Water Management News

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

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  • Flock of Northern Pintails in a marsh

    Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

    Please review our Hunting and Fishing Brochure for current information and regulations in regards to hunting and fishing on the refuge.

    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

  • Pair of adult Whooping Cranes

    Whooping Crane Update

    Fall Whooper migration should begin in October. See how many birds were observed this past spring!

    Whooping Crane Sightings

  • Least Bittern

    Birding Quivira

    Quivira is one of the top birding destinations in the United States. Find out where to go and when.

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About Quivira

Quivira NWR Water Conditions 2021

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As of September 9, 2021, most hunt units have low-medium water levels. Flats - at least a few acres flooded each on west and east side of the Road. Assume if the Flats have water that North Lake should have some. Unit 40 has low water levels, but holding some teal/ducks. Unit 29 and 30 are dry and lots of tall emergent. Unit 28 has water and ducks (including teal)--good for hunting. Unit 10-11 units have low water levels and 10 units have lots of cattail. We are diverting water to these units, therefore levels should change by Saturday (9/11/2021. Unit 11b had the most water of these units.

Current Hunting Status as of September 9, 2021

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Quivira NWR is currently OPEN to dove and teal hunting. Refuge biologist estimated at least 1,000 and likely over 2,000 teal on Quivira NWR. Many other duck species observed in addition to Teal. Nearly 4,000 waterfowl. A lot of "dabblers" were counted and assume many were teal, but not confirmed. Overall, most hunt units have low-medium water levels. Flats - at least a few acres flooded each on west and east side of the road. Assume if Flats have water that North Lake should have some, too. Unit 40 has low water levels, but holding some teal/ducks. Unit 29 and 30 are dry and lots of tall emergent. Unit 28 has water and ducks (including teal)--good for hunting. Unit 10-11 units have low water levels. We are diverting water to these units, therefore levels should change by Saturday (9/11). Unit 11B had the most water. Not many ducks seen in these units.

Hunting and Fishing Update 9/10/2021

Hunting and fishing opportunities currently open at Quivira NWR include: dove and teal. Please see the link below for the current Hunting and Fishing brochure with the current regulations. As of September 9, 2021 the following information was provided by the Refuge biologist concerning teal numbers and water conditions: At least 1,000 and likely over 2,000 teal on Quivira NWR. Many other duck species observed in addition to Teal. Nearly 4,000 waterfowl. A lot of "dabblers" were counted and assume many were teal, but not confirmed. Overall, most hunt units have low-medium water levels. Flats - at least a few acres flooded each on west and east side of Road. Assume if Flats have water that North Lake should have some.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Where is Quivira?

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Quivira is located in central Kansas, 30 miles west of Hutchinson.

About the Refuge
Quivira Water Management News

Refuge Water Management News

Quivira National Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Sunset (1500px)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

Learn more >

About the Complex

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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