When it comes to publicly-owned land, Kansas ranks last in the nation. But it does have one of the nation’s best private land access programs (Walk-In Hunting Areas) and an easily-navigated website that includes Google Earth overlays to help you find accessible hunting and fishing areas.

Walk-In Hunting Areas

• Program allows public hunting access to private lands

• Program has roughly one million acres enrolled

• Noted for pheasant hunting, WIHA program also offers deer, turkey and small game opportunities

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

• 18,500 acres

• Noted for good waterfowl hunting in designated areas

• Offers deer (no rifles), turkey (nontoxic shot only) and small-game hunting

Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge

• 10,778 acres

• Good waterfowl hunting opportunities, especially geese

• Archery-only deer hunting available by permit only

Melvern Wildlife Area

• 10,100 acres in southeast Kansas

• 4,000 acres of native prairie grass and 2,000 acres of croplands

• Noted for quail and pheasant hunting

McPherson Valley Wetlands Area

• 4,455 acres

• Managed intensively for waterfowl

• 51 managed wetland pools, 1,750 surface acres of water

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

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