Region 1 Wildlife Areas
Region 1 is the northwest/northcentral one-fourth of Kansas including 27 counties. This region is diverse from east to west with some of the largest and best wildlife areas in the state. With eight federal reservoirs and associated wildlife areas to the natural salt marshes at Jamestown, this mostly rural part of Kansas is a great place for hunters, anglers and wildife enthusiasts. The mosaiic of prairie, woodland corridors and farmland makes Region 1 ideal for pheasants, deer, and Rio Grande Turkeys.
Good opportunities for success on these wildlife areas exist for waterfowl, archery deer and fall turkey hunting. Deer, and pheasant populations are great but have considerable pressure early in the seasons. The most oustanding opportunites are present for the youth seasons for deer, waterfowl, upland and turkeys. Unfortunately not enough mentors are taking the time to get youth out in these uncrowded seasons with great opportunity for harvest. Region1 also hosts the majority of the Special Hunt Draw program that enables a few hunters to take advantage of quality opportunites on an equal basis without paying high lease or hunt fees. Many of these hunts are targeted for Mentor/Novice hunts.