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Don Budd, Jr., owner and operator of Budd's Saint Paul Lodge, has a deep passion for all things hunting. He discovered Saint Paul, KS years ago and this hidden gem has turned into a second home. His love for hunting and the midwest inspired him to create the Lodge, as a way to provide the hunting community with the most enjoyable, all-around experience.

A Kansas City native, Don is an entrepreneur and owner of Budd Enterprises, an agricultural and real estate firm. Don has been a small business owner in Kansas for more than 30 years. An avid waterfowl and deer hunter, he is a life member of the Kansas Trap Shooters Association and the National Amateur Trap Shooters Association, and a former commissioner on the Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Commission.

Don is also a four-time ATA Trapshooting All American, two-time Kansas State Champion, member of the K.T.A Hall of Fame and Ducks Unlimited life member and major donor.

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Located on the broad, flat flood plain below the junction of Flat Rock Creek and the Neosho River, the wildlife area is a man-made marsh developed by the Department in 1960. The area covers 3,246 acres. The five largest pools on the area represent 1,675 acres of the 1,787 of intensively managed wetlands. There are sixteen independently managed wetlands throughout the area. The area was primarily designed, and is managed to furnish a resting and feeding place for migratory waterfowl.

Three of the sixteen pools are managed in a moist soil environment through a water level manipulation plan. Four green tree marshes ranging in size from five to fifteen acres offer a different type of hunting opportunity for the sportsman using the area. Area personnel plant an average of 400 acres of corn, milo, buckwheat or millet in the hunting pools. The grain is left in the field and inundated in the fall.

The 800-acre refuge pool is closed to all hunting, foot and vehicle traffic during the waterfowl season. The water level of this pool fluctuates naturally throughout the seasons and provides good aquatic habitat for waterfowl.


Fishing is allowed from March 31 until August 31. Good fishing can be found at times in the Neosho River, Flat Rock Creek and Brogan Creek, existing in part on the wildlife area.




Enjoy the comfort of small town food at these local eateries:

+ St. Paul Diner

+ D'Angelo's Pizzeria

+ Horizons at Prairie Ridge


St. Paul's private country club offers a pool, golf course and restaurant.

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