Quivira to open to hunting Wednesday morning

Monday morning officials at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge announced they will welcome hunters in specific areas beginning Wednesday morning.

The refuge has been closed to all kinds of hunting for more than a month per refuge policy that suspends all hunting when endangered whooping cranes are present.

Two of the estimated 31 whooping cranes seen around the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge this fall. With the birds gone, hunting will again be allowed in special areas.

Two of the estimated 31 whooping cranes seen around the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge this fall. With the birds gone, hunting will again be allowed in special areas beginning Wednesday morning.

It’s been several days since whoopers were seen in the area. A press release said about 31 different whoopers were seen in the area this fall.

Recent reports indicate some impressive numbers of ducks and geese using the refuge.

For more information go to www.fws.gov/quivira