Byron Walker Wildlife Area
8685 W. Hwy 54
GPS: N37 38.597 W98 16.616
Manager: Troy Smith,
Byron Walker Wildlife Area is located on U.S. Highway 54 seven miles west of Kingman, along the South Fork of the Ninnescah River. The area encompasses 4,685 acres. The area offers a wide variety of hunting and fishing. Campers, hikers, and bird watchers will also find the area attractive.
The diverse habitat on Byron Walker Wildlife Area includes riparian woodlands, native prairie, wetlands and marshes, and cropland which makes the area a great destination for hunting a variety of game species. Most of the prairie habitat has been enhanced with brush plantings, disked strips, and food plots. The wetlands are managed for waterfowl using moist soil management and millet plantings. Upland bird hunting is generally good. Quail are the primary species on the area, and numbers are typically good. Pheasants can be found on the area, but numbers are generally low because of the lack of suitable habitat. White-tailed deer hunting is very popular on Byron Walker. Numbers are generally good and can be found in every habitat on the area. Bowhunters can improve their shooting skills at the archery range locate adjacent to the area headquarters. Turkey hunting is excellent on the area with spring flocks of several hundred possible. Waterfowl hunting offers some exciting opportunities on the area. The west 1/3 of Kingman State fishing Lake is open to waterfowl hunting, with the remainder of the lake managed as a refuge. In addition, eight marshes are located north and west of the lake and three more can be found south of the lake on the south side of highway 54. The Ninnescah River and a dozen or more ponds on the area are also open to waterfowl hunting.
New in 2010, the special permits that have been required for hunters to hunt Byron Walker Wildlife Area the past 9 years are no longer required! Hunters will find the permit stations still in place, but no permits will be available.
- Two refuges are located on Byron Walker Wildlife Area. One refuge is maintained on the eastern two-thirds of Kingman State Fishing Lake, including land north of the lake to 10th street and the campground area east of the lake. The second refuge surrounds the area headquarters from the east edge of the crop field east of the office to SW 90th avenue west of the office. The campground is primitive with no hardened sites or hookups. Vault toilets, picnic tables and fire rings are available.
- The lake and surrounding wildlife area are ranked in the top 13 areas for wildlife viewing in Kansas.
- An archery practice range is maintained at the headquarters area.