Wildlife Management Areas
WMA (MAP)| Sacramento-Wilcox WMA
Located in the southeast corner of Phelps County, about 2 1/2 miles west of Wilcox. Sacramento-Wilcox Wildlife Management Area was acquired by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1948.
Accessible by paved road from Holdrege and Wilcox, "Sac" serves as a waterfowl refuge and as a public hunting area. Approximately 500 of its 2,313 acres are designated as refuge, leaving 1,800 acres open to hunting all other game birds and animals.
Many ducks and geese visit the area each fall, and good duck hunting is available from 16 established blinds. These blinds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Pheasant hunting is good, too, since Sac lies in the heart of prime ringneck country. Intensive habitat development, including planting and managing trees, shrubs and grasses, has provided a wealth of cover diversity.
White-tailed deer provide considerable hunting opportunity for both archery and firearm hunters. Gunners can enjoy bonus shooting on cottontails, which are plentiful in thickets and weed patches.
Catfish, bass and bluegill of offer angling opportunities in several small ponds.
Considerable development was done in 1958-59 to improve waterfowl production and harvest. A network of dikes was built to create water-holding areas. These areas fill with natural runoff during wet years and are supplemented by six irrigation wells during dry periods. Some 200 acres of grain crops are produced each year to provide feeding grounds for a variety of game and nongame species.
Four other wildlife management areas are located near Sac. Each area provides waterfowl, pheasant and white-tailed deer hunting. Hunting on the satellite areas is subject to state and/or federal laws and regulations.
Gravel roads provide good year-round access throughout the area. Camping is permitted in the designated area on the northeast part of the area. A windmill, shelterhouse and toilets are located there. In addition, restrooms and other facilities are located at the headquarters.
Sacramento Rules and Regulations
Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
- Duck hunting on the area is limited to existing blinds and to jump or pass shooting available when stationed at least 200 yards from any other party.
- No more than four persons (including non hunters) may occupy a blind or pit at any time, and construction or use of blinds other than those provided by the Commission is prohibited.
Other Public Use Regulations
- It is unlawful to trespass on the refuge portion of the area from the beginning of the early teal hunting season through the end of the spring turkey shotgun season except to retrieve lawfully taken game birds or to participate in hunting activities allowed during hunting seasons restricted to youth.
- Hunting is prohibited within those areas designated and posted as "Closed to Hunting."
- Fishing is permitted unless posted against that activity.
- Camping on the area is restricted to the designated camping area.
- Fires are permitted only in fireplaces, grills, or fire rings provided by the Commission, or in privately-owned devices, such as gasoline or propane stoves, charcoal grills, or similar devices.
- Dogs are permitted on the area, but must be accompanied by the handler, and under control at all times.
- Motor vehicles are restricted to graveled or paved roads.