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Bolton Wildlife Area

Contact: Blake Klema Phone: 785-539-9999

A piece of the precious Kansas Flint Hills; where you can experience wildlife, history and ranching at your leisure. In 1995 the Bolton family donated 640 acres of land that you can see a variety of trees, animals, and creeks through the wild trust program. There is burning of the grasslands and rotational grazing with cattle from May through July. The area contains several different ecosystems. The following animals are common to the area: white-tail deer, rabbits, squirrels, coyotes, prairie chickens, quail, turkey, possum and raccoons.

The Oregon Trail ran near the Eastern edge of the property. The old military trail that connected Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Riley can still be observed today by looking at the wagon ruts left behind from years ago. Hunting, trapping, and fishing are allowed on this land with permission. Camping, off-road vehicle use, horse riding and target shooting is prohibited.


Bolton Wildlife Area was donated to the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks by the Bolton family through the Wildtrust Program in 1995.


The Bolton Wildlife area is located in Wabaunsee county 2 1/2 miles north and 1 1/2 miles west of Paxico. The area is a continuous tract of land one-half mile wide by two miles long. It is 640 acres of mostly native grass with some cool season grass and riparian timber located in isolated areas. The native tallgrass prairie provides the dominant vegetation on this wildlife area. The area is managed as a walk-in only area to help maintain the integrity of the natural resources. Hunting opportunities include prairie chicken, bob-white quail, turkey, deer, mourning dove, and squirrel, as well as many nongame species. There are several small ponds that are periodically stocked by the department. Largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish can be found in these ponds.

Special Regulations:
  • Hunting, trapping, and fishing are allowed on the area.
  • Camping, off-road vehicle use, horse riding, and target shooting are prohibited.

Special Features: The department is currently in the process of rebuilding a water shed pond on the West side of the property. It is the hopes of the department to turn the watershed pond in to a fisheries.

GPS: 39.12888 -96.19711 

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Wabaunsee Co. 4-H Flint Hills Jr. Shooter Annual Banquet Benefit Aug 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Paxico
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