Hollister Wildlife Area


Fort Scott, KS
GPS: N37 46.566 W94 48.409

Contact Information

Manager: Monte Manbeck
Phone: (620)-449-2539

The Hollister Wildlife Area is located in southeast Kansas in Bourbon County, approximately eight miles southwest of Ft. Scott. U.S. 69 Highway is located seven miles east of Hollister Wildlife Area, K-39 Highway provides access three miles to the south.


The Hollister Wildlife Area has been a state wildlife area since 1978, when it was purchased by the Kansas Fish and Game. The wildlife area includes 2,432 acres of rolling range and pasture land, interspersed with native woodlands.


Bluestem prairie dominates the open country and contains all of the true native grasses and forbs common to this region of Kansas. The historical use of these rangelands has been for grazing, first by bison and elk and now by cattle. A managed grazing lease has been in effect on the major rangeland tracts since 1983.

Crops are planted on about 180 acres through a share cropping agreement. Prescribed burning is conducted on approximately one-half of the rangeland annually.

The prairie and associated woodlands support many species of wildlife. Several small flocks of prairie chickens use the area regularly. Quail, rabbits, turkey, squirrels and deer are common.