Elk

Elk

Elk were another big game species that were common in pre-settlement Kansas. They were also extirpated at the turn of the century. However, a small herd was maintained at the Maxwell Wildlife Area near McPherson. The 2,200-acre enclosure is operated as a refuge and also features bison. In 1981, elk from Maxwell were released at the Cimarron National Grassland, and that herd was free-ranging. To keep that herd from growing too big and causing crop damage, a limited resident-only season was opened in 1987. Later in the 1980s, elk were captured at Maxwell and released on the Ft. Riley Military Reservation. That herd is also free-ranging, and a season was established for the fort in 1990. Today, elk are primarily hunted on and around Ft. Riley, but individual elk or small herds may be found at other locations around the state, and hunting is permitted everywhere except Morton County. About 900 applications are received for the 20 or so permits allotted each year, and they are divided among military personnel and Kansas residents.

Range Map
Elk Map
Season Information
Current Seasons
Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Muzzleloader - Unit(s) Specified on Permit

Dates: 09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Muzzleloader


Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Archery - Unit(s) Specified on Permit

Dates: 09/12/2016 - 12/31/2016

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Archery


Elk Season - Muzzleloader and Archery - Fort Riley - Fort Riley

Dates: 09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016

Elk Season - Muzzleloader and Archery - Fort Riley


Upcoming Seasons
Elk Extended Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm - Unit(s) Specified on Permit

Dates: 11/30/2016 - 12/11/2016

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm


Elk Season - Firearm Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits - Fort Riley - Fort Riley

Dates: 10/01/2016 - 12/31/2016

Elk Season - Firearm Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits - Fort Riley


Elk Season - Antlerless ONLY Firearm First Segment - Fort Riley - Fort Riley

Dates: 10/01/2016 - 10/31/2016


Elk Season - Antlerless ONLY Firearm Second Segment - Fort Riley - Fort Riley

Dates: 11/01/2016 - 11/30/2016


Elk Season - Anterless ONLY Firearm Third Segment - Fort Riley - Fort Riley

Dates: 12/01/2016 - 12/31/2016


Elk Extended Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm - Unit(s) Specified on Permit

Dates: 01/01/2017 - 03/15/2017

January Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm


License Information

Quotas and Draw Stats    |    Deer Permit Purchasing Guide    |    Deer Management Units

Annual Hunting License -

All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

For more information see the Deer Management Unit Map and Deer Regulations 

Schedules A, B, and C list all deer permits available. To Determine which permits you are eligible to obtain, click here for the online deer permit guide.    

 2016 SEASON DATES:
  • Youth and Disability Season: Sept. 3 - Sept. 11, 2016
  • Early Muzzleloader Season: Sept. 12 - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Archery Season: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2016
  • Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless Season:  Oct. 8- Oct. 9, 2016. Any permit that allows the harvest of a whitetailed antlerless deer is valid during this season. Equipment and unit restrictions on permit imposed. Ft Riley Unit CLOSED for pre-rut season.  Hunter orange clothing is required.
  • Firearms Season: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2016

Extended Antlerless Only Whitetail Season: Jan. 1 - 2, 2017        Valid in Units 6,8,9,10,16 and 17

Extended Antlerless Only Whitetail Season: Jan. 1 - 8, 2017        Valid in Units 1,2,3,4,5,7,11,12,13 and 14

Special Extended Antlerless Whitetail Season Jan. 1 - 15, 2017    Valid in Units 10A, 15 and 19

ARCHERY Antlerless Whitetail Season:   Jan. 16 - 31, 2017          DMU 19 ONLY

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.
 
Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available for 2016. 
 
Schedule A - Choices for General Resident Deer Permits
By Drawing only: 2016 Resident Either-species/Either-sex Firearms Deer Permit Application Deadline: July 8, 2016

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All draw applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.

Applicants must apply online from June 6 thru July 8, 2016 or apply by phone 620-672-0728.

All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.

Resident Firearm Either-species/Either-sex Firearms Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)

  • $52.50  General Residents;
  • $32.50  Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $97.50  NR Tenant
  • $22.50  Resident Youth  (15 and younger)

 

* Permits are valid either in the EAST unit (3, 4, 5, 7, 16) or the WEST unit (1, 2, 17, 18) during the regular firearms season using any legal equipment.

    * $11.50 Preference Point          * A resident hunter who does not want to hunt in the current year season can purchase a preference point that will count toward a firearm either species, either sex deer permit in a future drawing.

 
For purchase OVER THE COUNTER OR ONLINE for 2016 season:

Resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer permit (white-tailed deer buck, doe or fawn)   Resident Any-season White-tailed Deer permits are valid statewide in any season, provided legal equipment is used for that season. Available Aug. 1 - Dec. 31.

  • $42.50  General residents
  • $22.50  Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50  NR Tenant
  • $12.50  Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)  Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid statewide with archery equipment only during archery season. Available Aug. 1 - Dec. 31

  • $42.50 General residents
  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50 NR Tenant
  • $12.50 Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Resident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)   Resident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid either in the east unit (3, 4, 5, 7, 16) or the west unit (1, 2, 17, 18) during the early muzzleloader season and the regular firearm season using muzzleloading equipment only. Available Aug. 1 - Dec. 31

  • $42.50 General residents
  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50 NR Tenant
  • $12.50 Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit

  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant

 

Available to individuals who qualify as resident landowners, including family members living with the landowner or tenant. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by landowner or tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available Aug. 1 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a resident deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

Resident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

  • $22.50 General Residents
  • $10.00 Resident Youth (15 and younger)

White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

Number of Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Permits a hunter may purchase is 5 but they may use them as follows:

The first antlerless whitetail permit shall be valid for units 1 thru 17, including lands managed by the department.

Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be purchased and are valid in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 19 on private land with landowner permission, Walk-In-Hunting Areas, and Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.

         NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

 

Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available for 2016. 

  

The Nonresident deer permit drawing has been completed.  Permits and refunds were mailed out the first week of June. 
 
Leftover nonresident deer permits will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis beginning July 1st at 12:01 AM CDT on our website www.ksoutdoors.com    From the KDWPT home page, select License/Permits.     Any questions about leftover permits, you may call 620-672-0728 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT, Monday thru Friday.
 
 
Schedule B - Choices for Nonresident Deer Permits
By drawing only: 2016 Nonresident DEER Permit Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

Applicants must apply online from April 1 thru April 29, 2016 or apply by phone 1-800-918-2877.

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.   All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point. 

  • $117.50 Nonresident Youth White-tailed Deer Permit (youth 15 and younger)
  • $442.50 Nonresident White-tailed Deer Permit Fee (16 and older)

*Bag Limit: (1) white-tailed deer - buck, doe or fawn AND (1) white-tailed antlerless deer

Hunter applies in one unit and selects one adjacent unit in which to also hunt, as well as the season choice (archery, muzzleloader, or firearm) at the time of application. Muzzleloader permit holders may hunt during early muzzleloader season and regular firearm season using muzzleloader equipment only.

Group Hunt: The group hunt application is to accommodate those who do not want to hunt unless their hunting partners draw also. Applicants (up to 5) must apply for the same unit and the same weapon choice. Each person will make application and there will be a question on the application about groups. The first applicant in the group to apply would choose the create group option on this question. This will create a group under this applicants KDWPT #. Each applicant applying after the group has been set up would choose the join group option and they would be asked to fill in the Group Leaders KDWPT # at that time.

  • $152.50 Mule Deer Stamp Fee (plus Nonresident White-tailed deer permit fee listed above)

*A nonresident must apply for the Mule Deer Stamp during the April application period. A nonresident who successfully draws an archery or muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit among units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 17, or 18 and has applied for the Mule Deer Stamp will be entered into a draw for one of a limited number of Mule Deer Stamps. If drawn, the applicant's White-tailed Deer Archery or Muzzleloader Permit converts to an Either-species/Either-sex Archery or Muzzleloader Permit. Preference points do not count toward this Mule Deer Stamp draw. If unsuccessful in the Mule Deer Stamp Draw, hunter will receive a  refund and be issued the White-tailed Deer Archery or Muzzleloader Draw Permit.

  • $26.50 Preference Point.

*A nonresident hunter who does not want to hunt in the current season can purchase a preference point that will count toward a white-tailed deer permit in a future drawing.

If unsuccessful in the draw, hunter receives a refund and a preference point for next year's draw.

If successful in the draw, you will also need to purchase a nonresident hunting license.

For purchase over-the-counter and online:

  • $87.50 Nonresident Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit (available over the counter and online)

*Available to nonresident individuals who qualify as Kansas landowners. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by the nonresident landowner, during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

  • $87.50 Special Hunt-Own-Land Relative Deer Permit (available over the counter and online)

*Available to individuals who qualify as lineal ascendants or descendants or siblings of resident landowners or all tenants, and spouses of a qualifying landowner. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by landowner or tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Lineal relatives include direct ascendants or descendants such as a grandfather, mother, son, or granddaughter. Cousins, uncles, or nieces are NOT lineal family members. You would also need to purchase an annual hunting license. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a nonresident deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

  • $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler).

*White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull) Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

Number of Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Permits a hunter may purchase is 5 but they may use them as follows:

The first antlerless whitetail permit shall be valid for units 1 thru 17, including lands managed by the department.

Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be purchased and are valid in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 19 on private land with landowner permission, Walk-In-Hunting Areas, and Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.

        

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available for 2016.  

 

Schedule C - Choices for Nonresident Tenant Deer Permits

         $87.50     NR Tenant Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit (available over the counter)   

Available to individuals who qualify as a tenant, including family members living with the tenant. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a tenant deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

  • $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler)

*White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull) Available online and over the counter July 1- Dec. 31 

  • Number of Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Permits a hunter may purchase is 5 but they may use them as follows:

    The first antlerless whitetail permit shall be valid for units 1 thru 17, including lands managed by the department.

    Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be purchased and are valid in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 19 on private land with landowner permission, Walk-In-Hunting Areas, and Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.

        NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

 Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available for 2016. 

Click here to proceed to the Deer Permit Questionnaire.

 Deer and Fall Turkey Regulations

Antelope

2016 Antelope Application Deadline:  June 10, 2016

FIREARMS and MUZZLELOADER

  • Western portions of the state have a limited competitive draw for firearm and muzzleloader permits. 
  • There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.
  • Applicants must apply online from May 9 thru June 10, 2016 or by phone 620-672-0728.
  • All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.

ANTELOPE APPLICATION FEES:

  • General Resident Application: $62.50
  • Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant Application: $37.50
  • Resident Youth Application ( age 15 and under): $22.50
  • NR Tenant Application: $97.50
  • Preference Point only: $11.50

A preference point will be given to those applicants who are unsuccessful in the Resident Draw. If you do not want to apply for a permit and want to purchase a preference point only, select preference point only online for $11.50 from May 9 thru June 10, 2016. Only one preference point may be obtained per year.

FIREARMS and MUZZLELOADER

Western portions of the state have a limited competitive draw for firearm and muzzleloader permits. These permits have a unit number printed on it and you are required to hunt within that geographic area. Be sure to consult the maps before hunting. Pratt Operations Office

ARCHERY

Archery: Oct. 31, 2016

Open Archery antelope permits have been available to residents since 1990. Recent annual sales have averaged about 115 resident archery permits, and with a 10 to 12 percent success rate among archery hunters, harvest impact on the pronghorn population by archery hunters has been minimal. Archery permits may be purchased online or at any licensed agent from Aug. 3 through Oct. 31, 2016.

  • Archery Antelope (general resident)    $52.50
  • Archery Antelope (resident landowner/resident tenant)   $27.50
  • Archery Antelope (resident youth 15 and younger)   $12.50
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident)   $302.50
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident youth 15 and younger)   $102.50 
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident tenant)   $87.50

2016 Antelope Season Dates:

  • Firearms Season:  Oct. 7 - Oct. 10, 2016
  • Archery Season:    Sept. 24 - Oct. 2 and Oct. 15 - Oct. 31, 2016
  • Muzzleloader Season:  Oct. 3 - Oct. 10, 2016
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

2016 Antelope Regulation Summary

2016 Antelope Draw Stats


 2016 ELK

 

2016 ELK DRAW Application Deadline: July 8, 2016

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.

Applicants must apply online from June 6 thru July 8, 2016 or apply by phone 620-672-0728. Fee to apply for an elk permit or purchase a bonus point is $12.81.

Military permits are only available for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Riley. All other eligible persons must apply for general permits.

For the limited draw elk permits, each applicant shall have an additional opportunity in the draw for each bonus point earned. Bonus points are awarded as follows:

One (1) bonus point shall be awarded for each year the applicant is unsuccessful in obtaining a draw permit for the taking of an elk. If the applicant does not want to apply for a permit, they may purchase a bonus point during the application period.

When an applicant obtains an elk permit thru the draw, or if the applicant fails to make at least one application or purchase one bonus point within five consecutive years, all earned bonus points will be lost. Applicant cannot apply for a permit and purchase a bonus point in the same year.

 Permit fees will be collected from successful applicants only.

Elk - Firearms (Any Elk)

  • General Resident: $302.50
  • Landowner/Tenant: $152.50
  • Resident Youth (15 and younger): $127.50
  • Nonresident Tenant:  $152.50

Elk (antlerless)

  • General resident: $152.50
  • Landowner/Tenant: $77.50
  • Resident Youth (15 and younger): $52.50
  • Nonresident Tenant: $77.50

Units open for elk hunting were expanded in 2006 Commission Meeting to statewide use, except that UNIT 1 in Morton County is closed to elk hunting.

Elk hunting on and around Fort Riley was initiated in 1990. Most of the hunting opportunity occurs on the military base, but unlimited hunt-own-land permits have been allocated off the base since 1999, and additional units were opened to hunting in 2003.

An unlimited number of resident and landowner/tenant Either-sex Elk permits or Antlerless-only Elk permits authorized for Unit 3 are available online and over-the-counter August 3 through March 15, 2017.

Unlimited Hunt-own-land Either-sex Elk permits or Antlerless-only Elk permits authorized for Units 2 and 3 are available online and over-the counter through March 15, 2017. Hunt own land permits are valid during any season with equipment authorized for that season.

2016 ELK SEASON DATES

2016 Season dates OUTSIDE FORT RILEY

  • Muzzleloader Season: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2016
  • Archery Season: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2016
  • Firearms Season: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2016 and Jan. 1 - Mar. 15, 2017

2016 Season dates ON FORT RILEY

  • Muzzleloader and Archery Season: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2016
  • Firearms Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016
  • Firearms Antlerless First Segment: Oct. 1- Oct. 31, 2016
  • Firearms Antlerless Second Segment: Nov. 1 - Nov. 30, 2016
  • Firearms Antlerless Third Segment: Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016

Elk Regulation Summary

Regulations
115-04-02 (PDF - 16.75 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - General provisions

115-04-04 (PDF - 17.63 kB)

Big Game - Legal Equipment and Taking Methods.

115-04-06 (PDF - 23.25 kB)

Deer - Management Units

115-04-11 (PDF - 27.34 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - Permit Applications.

115-16-04 (PDF - 143.07 kB)

Big Game Control Permit - Application, Requirements and Provisions.

115-18-07 (PDF - 16.62 kB)

Use of crossbows for big game hunting by persons with disabilities - Application, Permit, and General Provisions

115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-25-07 (PDF - 12.18 kB)

Antelope - Open Season, Bag Limit, Permits and Game Tags

115-25-08 (PDF - 14.15 kB)

Elk - Open Season, Bag Limit and Permit

115-25-09a (PDF - 9.20 kB)

Deer; open season, bag limit, and permits; additional considerations; Fort Riley.

Elk Management Units

Elk Management Unit Map

KS Top 10 Elk Records

Elk Archery Records

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Trevor Haddix, Fort Riley 317 6/8 2002 Riley

Typical Elk Firearm Records

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Sherry Price, Salina 354 5/8 2003 Riley
William Brugge, Fort Riley 320 2/8 2004 Riley

Non-Typical Elk Firearm Records

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
John W. Garrison 376 0/8 1990 Riley