Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch) Wildlife Area
5089 CR 2925
Independence, KS 67301
GPS: N37 11.337 W95 57.812
Manager: Darin Porter
Berentz-Dick Wildlife Area, more commonly known as the Buffalo Ranch, is comprised of 1360 acres of native grass, oak timber and ponds. The ranch was grazed by buffalo in the 1950's. The property was purchased and donated to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks by the estate of Lynn Berentz. Mr. Berentz passed away in 1991, and designated a portion of his estate be utilized to establish a wildlife area in southeast Kansas. The property was selected and purchased from Max Dick in 1993. Funding for the operation and development of the property is provided by the Lynn Berentz Wildtrust Fund.
The wildlife area has several small stockwater ponds and one larger pond. These ponds provide the angler with an opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. The larger pond is stocked bi-annually with channel catfish. Length and creel limits apply and are also posted on area information signs. The area is open to fishing daily. The wildlife area consists of three seperate tracts totaling 1,360 acres. Vegetation on the rolling hills is primarily native grassland, interspersed with oak timber. The area wildlife includes quail, dove, deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. Hunting is restricted to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only. Camping is restricted to the two parking areas. Due to the large grasslands, open fires are not allowed. Horseback riding is also allowed on the area on Sunday and Monday only. Small food plots are located on the western boundary of the property.
- All area users are required to register daily at the iron rangers located at the two primary parking areas at the northwest corner and on the east 80 acres on the blacktop road.
- The area is open to hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.
- Hunting is limited to shotgun with slugs or pellets and archery only. No muzzleloaders, centerfire or rimfire firearms are allowed.
- The area is open to fishing and hiking every day. Fishing is allowed on area ponds and statewide restrictions are in place.
- Horseback riding is allowed on Sundays and Mondays only, but is closed during all firearms deer seasons. Special restrictions are in place for horseback riders.
- All off-road vehicles are prohibited.
- Camping is restricted to two parking areas.
- No open fires are allowed, due to the large expanses of grassland.
Special Features: The Buffalo Ranch gets it name locally from the herd of Buffalo that were held on the ranch in the 1950's.