Located near the city of Great Bend in central Kansas, Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area has become synonymous with waterfowl hunting, and as one of the largest inland marshes in the United States, this 20,000-acre wetland complex provides a variety of hunting opportunities for freelancers waterfowlers.
“Mud motors and boat blinds, walk-in hunting, concrete permanent blinds, even pass shooting—there’s something for everyone,” says Tom Bidrowski, migratory game bird manager with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. “It’s one of the reasons Cheyenne Bottoms has become a destination for so many hunters.”
Waterfowlers who would like to avoid the crowds can try one of the state’s many other public hunting areas, Bidrowski says, including Jamestown Wildlife Area in north-central Kansas and nearby McPherson Wildlife Area. Both areas were restored in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, providing prime habitat for waterfowl and great public hunting opportunities.