Special Hunts Information

SPRING 2017 Special Turkey Hunts
Click the "View Special Hunts List" below

- Just added 2 Mentor hunts at Milford Fish Hatchery for youth who have never harvested a turkey before.

- Hunt #470039 - Valley Falls Area Mentor hunt was added.

APPLICATION DEADLINE for 2017 Spring Special Hunts is 9:00am on Monday, March 6, 2017.

- There are 87 Hunts this spring with a total of 167 permits available.  28 Mentor, 29 Open, and 30 Youth Hunts.


2016 Spring Turkey Hunts: There were 79 different hunts with a total of 160 Individual Permits

Hunts were offered on 5 Wildlife Areas, 1 State Park, 5 Counties (private land), 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 2 County managed properties.

Application Statistics from the Spring 2016Turkey hunts are available

.  This pdf table shows Spring 2016 Turkey hunts by property and the number of applicants for each hunt.

Statistics from the Spring 2015 Turkey hunts are available here.  This pdf table shows Spring 2015 Turkey hunts by property and the number of applicants for each hunt.


Special hunts are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's "Recruitment and Retention" Program. These hunts are conducted on department lands, including state parks, wildlife areas, and refuges. The hunts also occur on Walk In Hunting Areas (WIHA's), National Wildlife Refuges, City and County properties, and other locations. These hunts limit the number of participants to ensure a quality experience or to achieve specific management goals such as herd reduction.

Special Hunts only provide access to specific properties.  Licenses, Permits, Tags, Stamps, and Hunter Education Are Required unless exempt. 

If you have questions, please contact Mike Nyhoff at our Hays Regional Office at 785-628-8614 or email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Because of limited staff to handle phone calls, please read the material on this page. If you still have questions, the best way to find out about special hunts is to contact us by email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com.


FALL 2017 / WINTER 2018 Special Hunts will be posted the middle of July 2017.

  •  Application Deadline for DRAW #1 (Sept. & Oct) will be the middle of August
  • Application Deadline for DRAW #2 (Nov, Dec, Jan) will be end of September

Special Deer Hunts DO NOT Include Deer Permits or Tags.  Special Hunts Only Provide Access to Properties - All other licenses, stamps and permits must be obtained by the successful applicant.  NON-RESIDENTS must have drawn a deer permit to be eligible for Special Deer Hunts.  Non-residents should check the deer management unit on their permit to match special hunt.


Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Special Hunts Statistics:

  • Draw #1 Hunts (Beginning in Sept. or Oct.) There were 130 Hunts, 310 Total Permits, 2268 Unsuccessful Applications (all choices)
  • Draw #2 Hunts (Beginning in Nov, Dec or Jan) There were 348 Hunts, 536 Total Permits, 4103 Unsuccessful Applications (all choices)
  • Statistics for individual hunts will be posted later.
Application Deadlines:
  • Draw #2 - Applications are No Longer being accepted for 2016-2017 Special Hunts.The deadline to Apply for Hunts Beginning in Nov., Dec. or January was 9:00 AM on Monday, September 26, 2016.
  • Draw #1 - The deadline for Draw 1 Hunts (Hunts beginning in Sept. or Oct.) was 9:00 AM on Monday, August 15, 2016.  All Notifications have been sent out.


LEFTOVER HUNTS are posted after the drawing.

TO REQUEST A LEFTOVER HUNT, PLEASE EMAIL hunt #, name, address, city, zip code, phone, email and date of birth to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Leftover Hunts may change if there are cancellations.



If You Want to Revise Your Sp. Hunt Application, or You Want to Change the Password:

  • - Click on the "Special Hunts Application" or "View Special Hunts List" buttons
  • - Use your User Name and Password to Log In, 
  • - The new page opens and in the upper right hand corner is "My Information"
  • - Click there and you can change your password or any of the Sp. Hunt Selections.

All Applicants (Successful or UnSuccessful) will be Notified by Email



Last Year - Fall/Winter 2015/2016 Special Hunts. More than 500 individual hunts with nearly 900 individual permits were available.

Statistics from the Fall/Winter 2015-1016 hunts are available here.  This 4 page table shows hunts by property and the number of applicants for each hunt type.

Instructions to Apply for Special Hunt Draw

  1. Before beginning the application process please read the following file. This file explains Age restrictions, hunt type definitions and walks you through the process.
  2. (pdf)
  3. You can view a list of the hunts by clicking on the following button:

  4. To begin the online registration process, click the "Special Hunts Application" button below.
  5. Here you will either Login to an existing account or create a new account. (Save this account information, it will be used for deer check-in, turkey check-in, future special hunts applications, etc.)
  6. Once you are logged in you will fill out the following information. The information is required to continue the process.
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Address
    • City, State, Zip Code
    • Phone Number
    • Email - this is for draw notification, if you are selected for a hunt you will receive an email with a link to print off your permit. If you are not selected you will also receive an email
    • Date of Birth - This needs to be the Date of Birth for the individual going on the hunt. Youth hunts are only for hunters sixteen years old or younger at the time of the hunt.
  7. Once you have filled out the information you must check the "Acknowledgment" box to verify that the information is correct.
  8. Once this box is checked, the "Select your choices" section(s) will appear. You are given three choices for each species that have hunts available during that season. During the first fall application period you can sign up for both Sept. - Oct. hunts as well as Nov. - Dec. hunts.
  9. To select a choice for a species click on the corresponding button "Select * Hunt Choice". * being the choice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
  10. This brings up the hunts list corresponding to the species and the season you are selecting. You can either click the corresponding "Select Hunt" button on a hunt from the list, or if you already know your hunt code, you can enter it in the Hunt Code box and click "Select Hunt".
  11. This returns you to the application and replaces the button you clicked with the hunt you selected. You will also see a checkbox located next to the hunt, labeled "Any Date". If you check this box it allows you to be in the drawing for any hunt for that location and hunt type, not just the date you selected. Giving you more of an opportunity to draw a hunt.
  12. Once you have selected all your hunts click "Select Hunts".
  13. NEW! To review or edit your current application, use the "My Information" link found on the upper right corner after login.