Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area

Location/Address:

Byers, KS
GPS: 37.74732 -98.99547

Contact Information

Manager: Todd Gatton
Phone: (620) 895-6446

History:

Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area began as a 4,757 acre tract of land that was purchased from the Tatlock family in 1969. With additional purchases adjacent to this original tract, the area is now 5,715 acres.

Description:

Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area is located in Pratt County, approximately thirteen miles west and six miles north of Pratt. Most of the area is sandhill prairie with moderate to steep dune topography. There are also several miles of multi-row shelterbelts throughout the area, as well as windmills, solar wells, and hydrants that provide water for wildlife. Upland game birds are the most commonly hunted species here. In addition to quail and pheasant, the area is a popular destination for dove, deer, and turkey hunters. Rabbits and coyotes can also be found in huntable numbers. Hunting pressure on the opening weekend of quail and pheasant and during firearms deer season may be heavy, but after the first several weekends, the crowds decrease. In January, it is possible for a hunter to spend all day walking the sandhills and never encounter another person. Township roads in the area are loose sand, so good judgement must be used to avoid getting stuck. Vehicle traffic is prohibited within the wildlife area, so a walk of up to two miles may be necessary to reach some of the more remote spots.

Approximately 640 acres of the Pratt Sandhills have been designated a handicapped accessible area. Qualified individuals can obtain a key from the manager of the property to gain vehicle access.

Special Regulations:
  • Vehicles are restricted to public roads adjacent to the area.
  • Horses are not allowed.
  • Camping is allowed in the parking areas only.