Region 1 Wildlife Areas

Region 1

Region 1 is roughly the northwest one-fourth of the state and includes 26 counties. Physiographically, it is comprised of the shortgrass High Plains in the west and the mixed grass prairie of the Smoky Hills in the east. Between these two regions are areas known as the Chalk Buttes and the Blue Hills, each region running from north to south almost to the Arkansas River Lowlands. The landscape ranges from flat plains to rugged canyons, bluffs, and creek beds interspersed with farmland, especially in the central portions of the state. Western portions of the region hold the largest population of mule deer in the state, and white-tailed deer are also abundant. Most of the state's pronghorn may be found in this area, as well as turkey and waterfowl. The region boasts some of the state's best pheasant hunting, and quail are abundant in the easternmost counties. Greater prairie chickens may be found from Gove County east, and lesser chickens, although not abundant, may be found in the southcentral counties of the region. Wherever woodlands are found — primarily in riparian areas and shelterbelts — fox squirrels and cottontail rabbits are common, as well. There are eight federal reservoirs and several state lakes and community lakes scattered around the region.

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.