Nestled along the banks of the Republican River, hunting around Benkelman and in Dundy County can be summed up in one word: diverse.
From the waters of the Republican River to prairie grasslands to the irrigated and dryland row crops - the varied terrain supports native ringneck pheasants, ducks, geese, quail, wild turkeys, mule and whitetail deer, coyote, bobcats and wildlife all outdoorsmen enjoy.
Near Benkelman, Nebraska
Known by hunting enthusiasts across the country, Southwest Nebraska flourishes with wildlife and serves as an excellent hunting area.
All of the wildlife management areas, National forests and grasslands, refuges, and other public areas open to hunting total less than 1 million acres of land, less than 2 percent of Nebraska’s land base. Nebraska’s public land is concentrated in the western part of the state, while the state’s human population is concentrated in the east.
Enders Wildlife Management Area: You'll find 2,892 well-scheduled acres of pasture land southeast of Imperial and west of Wauneta on Hwy 6 & 61 near a 1,707 acre lake. The area serves as an excellent location for various waterfowl, pheasant and deer. Over another 1,000 acres of pasture land is available for hunting within the State Recreation Area.
Swanson Reservoir: Over 2,800 acres of pasture land is available just west of Trenton and just east of Stratton near a huge, crystal-clear lake. Swanson Reservoir generates excellent hunting for pheasant, quail, various waterfowl, small animals and both whitetail and mule deer.