Milford Wildlife Area
Manager: Kristin Kloft
Public Lands Bio Tech: Derek Moon
Phone: (785) 461-5402
Milford Reservoir began operation in 1965 and the former Forestry, Fish and Game Commission began operation of the public hunting area in 1967.
There are approximately 19,000 acres of public land surrounding Milford Reservoir on the west side and the upper end. All 19,000 acres are open to public hunting. The Steve Lloyd refuge contains an additional 1100 acres. Both the public hunting area and the refuge are managed to maximize the production of various wildlife species.
There are currently 8 newly formed wetlands, the first of which was created in 2001. These wetlands are located along the Republican River all north of the Milford Reservoir. They surround the Steve Lloyd Refuge area. They are primarily filled with natural vegetation but there are a few that are comprised of flooded food plots. They range in size from 60 to 250 acres making-up approximately 2300 acres of wetlands when all pools are full.
Numerous opportunities exist for those who wish to observe or photograph wildlife on the area. The abundant and diversified habitat at Milford supports many species of nongame birds, mammals, reptiles and aquatic life.
Hunters will find a variety of game including quail, pheasant, prairie chicken, duck, goose, rabbit, turkey, deer and squirrel. Trappers are also active throughout the season in pursuit of raccoon, muskrat, beaver and other furbearers .
- Camping, off-road vehicle use, riding horses, and target shooting are prohibited activities. Camping can be done inside Milford State Park
- Refuge areas are closed to all hunting and off-road activities throughout the year. There is one access road to the Steve Lloyd Overlook that is open year-round. Any off-road activities along this roadway are prohibited.
- Free daily hunt permits are required to hunt waterfowl within the wetlands complex.
- No motorized boats are allowed in any of the wetland areas except Mall Creek/Peterson Bottoms.
- Only non-toxic shot is allowed in the wetland areas. The perimeters of these areas are posted.
- The West Broughton wetland has been designated a Youth/Mentor wetland. Each person hunting or trapping on West Broughton must be accompanied by a child who is younger than 16 years old.