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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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  • Quivira National Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Sunset (1500px)

    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 2020

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As of October 14, 2020: Levels on the Big and Little Salt Marsh are decreasing as drier conditions persist, and as water is being moved to smaller wetlands across the Refuge. Staff will continue to move available water to smaller wetlands as the fall and winter moves forward. Smaller wetlands in hunting and non-hunting areas have some existing water, but hopefully will increase throughout the fall and winter. Water levels are increasing in Unite 28 and 30. The 10 and 11 units continue to receive water, but should continue to increase slowly.

Current Hunting Status as of October 24, 2020

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Current Hunting Status as of October 24, 2020 Quivira is closed to hunting due to the presence of whooping cranes. The most recent Refuge bird count on October 14, 2020 was just over 40,100 waterfowl, with more than 37000 being a mixture of ducks, just over 2,700 geese, and a diversity of other waterbirds. Sandhill cranes, Whooping cranes, and geese are now migrating through the Refuge in greater numbers as the cold weather front moves south. Check back regularly during the season as this information will be updated as changes occur. Deer, turkey, and furbearer hunting opportunities on the Refuge will be open for application through the State permitted draw process during the spring, 2021.The Refuge bird count on October 14, 2020 was just over 40,100 waterfowl, with more than 37000 being a mixture of ducks, just over 2,700 geese, and a diversity of other waterbirds, Sandhill cranes have been slowly migrating through the Refuge in small numbers. Quivira's hunting season runs annually from September 1 through the end of February. Closures will often occur during the fall and spring migration periods due to the presence of Whooping Cranes. These closures may last days or weeks. Check back regularly during the season as this information will be updated as changes occur.

Hunting and Fishing Update

October 23, 2020

Current Hunting Status as of October 24, 2020 Quivira is closed to hunting due to the presence of whooping cranes. The most recent Refuge bird count on October 14, 2020 was just over 40,100 waterfowl, with more than 37000 being a mixture of ducks, just over 2,700 geese, and a diversity of other waterbirds. Sandhill cranes, Whooping cranes, and geese are now migrating through the Refuge in greater numbers as the cold weather front moves south. Check back regularly during the season as this information will be updated as changes occur. Deer, turkey, and furbearer hunting opportunities on the Refuge will be open for application through the State permitted draw process during the spring, 2021.

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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