Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area News

Area News

Start November 18th 2013 the Corps of Engineers will have a construction crew at Benedictine Bottoms constructing two new chutes off of the Missouri River. The construction will be ongoing and could last over a year. During this time there will be areas that will be closed to public access. As the construction progresses we will keep you updated.

The hunting on Benedictine Bottom should be good this season. Very good habitat exists for all species this year. Upland habitats are very good over most of the area and bird numbers are also up for both pheasant and quail. Hunting for upland bird will be tough due to the thick habitat.

Water fowl habitat is also good. Although waterfowl numbers on the area have been sparse early, with the good habitat numbers should pick up as waterfowl migrate farther south.

Deer hunting should be good again this year also. Numbers appear to be about the average, and a couple of larger bucks have been seen.

The north wetland (first one) on the west complex is dry so we can apply Bentonite clay to seal it.

Area open in the month of September only to hunting for the dove and teal seasons. Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting. Please pick up a daily permit at the kiosk.

All other hunting on the wildlife area is regulated through a drawing in the department's special hunts program.