The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway travels through territory that has been a hunter’s paradise since the days of the Pawnee and vast buffalo herds. Nearly 150 years later, it is still a popular region to hunt and fish, in the Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area and in the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and on leased hunting grounds in between the two important wetlands. Sportsmen from all 50 states and several foreign nations come to test their skills, and possibly have the hunt of a lifetime, amid the area’s vast marshes, prairies, wild woodlands, and rich crop fields.
Teal Hunting Season - Sept 11-26
Early Zone Duck Hunting Season Opener - Oct 9
Late Season Duck Hunting Season Opener - Oct 30
What to Hunt
Kansas is a must hunt experience, from big game to turkey, you are sure to check some hunts off your bucket list. Many area guides have access to premier grounds with some of the biggest whitetail bucks in the region. There are acres of fertile hunting lands, with various terrain including open pasture, timbered draws, and creek bottoms.
Permits & Licenses
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has a lot of information including the state Hunting Atlas and Fishing Atlas, see the links below.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
Barton County - Buy Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Stafford County - Buy Hunting & Fishing Licenses
Kansas iSportsman Electronic Permits
Kansas Hunting & Fishing Atlas
In the event of whooping crane activity, the pools will be closed to all hunting. Check the websites regularly for up-to-date closings.
Hunting & Fishing the Wetlands
For hunting and fishing information specific to Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, click on the links below.