Turkey

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Wild turkeys were reintroduced into Kansas in the 1960s, and the program has been a great success. Today, huntable populations of turkeys exist in nearly every county. The Rio Grande subspecies dominates the western two-thirds of the state. Low numbers in the southwest provide only limited hunting. Hybrid Rio Grande/Eastern birds are found in the northcentral region. The Eastern subspecies is common in the northeast and far southeast regions, where numbers have grown tremendously in recent years.

Season Information
Current Seasons
Fall Turkey - First Segment - Units 1,2,3,5,6 ( Unit 4 CLOSED)

Dates: 10/01/2017 - 11/28/2017

Fall Turkey - Archery/Shotgun

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sun- rise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows
  • Permit Limit: Each hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit. Fall turkey permits are valid for both male and female turkeys. Dogs may be used in fall season. 
  • Bag Limit: One turkey, either sex, per permit.

Upcoming Seasons
Spring Turkey - Archery Only - Unit Specified on Permit

Dates: 04/09/2018 - 04/17/2018

Spring Turkey - Archery Only

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Recurve or compound bows and crossbows.
  • Permit Limit: Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is eligible for one second turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.
  • Dogs may not be used in spring season.

Spring Turkey - Regular (firearm/archery) - Unit Specified on Permit

Dates: 04/18/2018 - 05/31/2018

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows.
  • Permit Limit: Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is eligible for one second turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.
  • Dogs may not be used in spring season.

Spring Turkey - Youth/Disabled - Unit Specified on Permit

Dates: 04/01/2018 - 04/17/2018

Spring Turkey - Youth/Disabled


Fall Turkey - Second Segment - Units 1,2,3,5,6 (Unit 4 CLOSED)

Dates: 12/11/2017 - 01/31/2018

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows.
  • Permit Limit: Each hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit. Fall turkey permits are valid for both male and female turkeys. Dogs may be used in fall season.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey, either sex, per permit.

Regulations
115-18-07 (PDF - 16.62 kB)

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

115-04-04a (PDF - 13.77 kB)

Wild turkey; legal equipment and taking methods.

115-25-05 (PDF - 15.76 kB)

Turkey - Fall Season, Bag Limit, and Permits.

115-25-06 (PDF - 17.53 kB)

Turkey; spring season, bag limit, permits and game tags.

115-04-11 (PDF - 27.40 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - Permit Applications.

115-04-02 (PDF - 16.68 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - General provisions

Spring Turkey Atlas

Complete Online Fall Atlas

Click the link above for a searchable web map showing the 2017 Spring WIHA properties. Click on individual tracts to display walk-in property information. Zoom to areas by city or county name with the search box and choose from various base map options.


ArcGIS App for Smartphones & Tablets

Use the free ArcGIS Explorer App to bring the WIHA tracts to your mobile device (data signal required). Once the app is installed on your device, search the Maps for "WIHA" and select the "KDWPT: 2017 Spring WIHA-Mobile" map.


GPS Information & Files
GPS Information & Files (2017 NOW AVAILABLE)

Files and instructions for various location format options. Includes Garmin GPS, Google Earth/GE Mobile, and Point/Lat-Long .txt and .csv files. 


Traditional PDF Files of Printed Atlas Maps

Click on any of the map pages below to download individual pdf files.


2017 Spring Hunting Atlas (PDF 39.09 MB)

2017 Spring Hunting Atlas: Post-Print Changes

These are the changes that have been made to the WIHA Atlas since it was printed. This list is updated as new changes are reported. Intersection listed is the closest to the tract, E-W road first, N-S road second.

On each map, all spring Walk-In Hunting Areas and public lands, including state and federally owned property, are marked. See the legend for color codes used to identify properties. Not all state and federally owned properties are open for public hunting. Consult local area information prior to accessing any of these properties.

Access dates for spring WIHA properties are either Sept 1 - May 31 or April 1 - May 31. Public hunting access to the WIHA properties is limited to the specified access period. Accessing the WIHA properties prior to or after the open access period is prohibited.

Please use the locater map above to select the part of Kansas that you want to hunt. To download a specific map page, click on the specific number on the map above. A download box will appear, asking if you want to open or save the PDF with the map details. Make your selection and print the maps. Maps are all the same scale (1:277,500) and can be taped together to create a large area map.

For information on reading the maps and other information in the Spring Hunting Atlas click on the General Spring Hunting Atlas Information PDF above or download the whole atlas by clicking on 2017 Spring Hunting Atlas .

Trophy Turkey Award & Top 20 Turkey Records

Kansas Top 20 Turkey Records

Name Co. of Harvest Year Score Weight Spurs Score Beards Score
Rick Pritchard, Little Rock AR Franklin 2008, spring 158 6/8 27 0/8 22 4/8 109 2/8 (8)
Andy Stafford, Shawnee KS Crawford 2006 156 6/8 23 0/8 20 0/8 113 6/8 (7)
Erik Hertzel, Sabetha, KS Nemaha 2009, spring 152 6/8 22 2/8 23 6/8 106 6/8 (7)
Todd Workman, Topeka, KS Jackson 2012, spring 150 4/8 22 0/8 20 0/8 108 4/8 (9)
Robert Nelson, Neosho Falls, KS Woodson 2004, spring 149 4/8 23 0/8 23 6/8 102 6/8 (6)
Landon L. Boss, Osage City, KS  Osage 2016, spring 149 4/8 21 6/8 17 4/8 110 2/8 (7)
Bradley T. Hamm, Perry KS Jefferson 2008, spring 149 3/8 26 3/8 20 0/8 103 0/8 (8)
Jason Hay, Arma Crawford 2002, spring 149 1/8 21 5/8 20 0/8 107 4/8 (8)
Chris Silva, Alma, KS Wabaunsee 2002, spring 146 0/8 26 4/8 31 2/8 88 2/8 (5)
Josh Powell, Bentonville AR Montgomery  2014, spring 145 6/8  17 2/8  18 6/8  109 6/8 (8) 
Jody Dalton, Arma, Crawford 1991 144 7/8 23 3/8 20 0/8 101 4/8
Dylan Smith, Maple Hill, KS Pottawatomie 2005, spring 142 4/8 19 4/8 18 6/8 104 2/8 (7)
Scott Morstorf, Topeka, KS Shawnee 2009, spring 142 0/8 25 0/8 25 0/8 91 4/8 (6)
Richard Diehl, Iola, KS Woodson 1994, spring 141 0/8 20 2/8 25 0/8 95 6/8
Brooks Hartman, Chanute KS Bourbon 2014, spring 140 1/8  20 1/8 25 0/8  95 0/8 (6)
Galen Wiltz, Sabetha, KS Brown 1998, spring 140 0/8 20 4/8 25 0/8 94 4/8 (6)
Stuart Nelson, Olathe, KS Jackson 2015, spring 138 6/8 24 2/8 17 4/8  97 0/8 (6) 
Robert A. Baker, Des Moines, IA Pottawatomie 2007, spring 138 4/8 22 6/8 23 6/8 92 0/8 (5)
Josh Meuller, Iola Allen 2015, fall 138 20 2/8 20 97 6/8
Gerald W. Wedel, Leavenworth, Leavenworth 1995, spring 136 6/8 21 6/8 27 4/8 87 4/8
Claude K. Cradic, Leavenworth Leavenworth 2003 spring 135 1/8 25 7/8 32 4/8 76 6/8(4)

Kansas Top 20 Turkey Records

Name Co. of Harvest Year Score Weight Spurs Score Beard Score
Bobby Robinson, Eupora, MS Franklin 2007, spring 88 4/8 26 4/8 27 4/8 34 4/8
Steve Miller, Lansing, KS Atchison 2007, spring 87 5/8 25 5/8 35 0/8 27 0/8
E. Warren Walker, Bastrop, LA Anderson 2010, spring 86 0/8 26 0/8 30 0/8 30 0/8
David Stites, St. John, KS Stafford 2009, spring 85 0/8 32 0/8 30 0/8 23 0/8
Tim Brady, Lovelane, CO Miami 2007, spring 84 6/8 24 2/8 30 0/8 30 4/8
Gregery T. Martinez, KS Graham 2010, spring 84 4/8 31 0/8 32 4/8 21 0/8
Stephen J. Capizzi, Junction City, KS Geary 2017, spring 84 4/8 22 4/8 40 0/8 22 0/8
Terry Topham, Fulton, IL Wilson 2000, spring 84 2/8 30 2/8 30 0/8 24 0/8
Garrett Cox, Lyndon, KS Waubaunsee 2001, spring 84 0/8 29 0/8 32 4/8 22 4/8
Brent Heiman, Baileyville, KS Nemaha 2005, spring 83 6/8 24 4/8 36 2/8 23 0/8
Bernard J. Helget, Manhattan, KS Pottawatomie 1994, spring 83 2/8 28 0/8 33 6/8 21 4/8
Joe Warren, Topeka, KS Shawnee 1996, spring 83 1/8 30 5/8 32 4/8 20 0/8
Luther A. Britton, Garden City, KS Wabaunsee 2007, spring 83 1/8 28 3/8 31 2/8 23 4/8
Mark Brown, Okla. City Lyon 2003, spring 83 0/8 23 2/8 37 4/8 22 2/8
Jon Hawkinson, Manhattan, KS Pottawatomie 1990 83 0/8 28 4/8 32 4/8 22 0/8
Jeff Roberts, Concordia, KS Phillips 2009, spring 82 6/8 25 0/8 36 2/8 21 4/8
Brad Schrick, Smithville, MO Leavenworth 2009, spring 82 5/8 27 1/8 30 0/8 25 4/8
Larry Haivala, Wichita, KS Kingman 2012, spring 82 4/8 21 4/8 40 0/8 21 0/8
Russ Owen, Pittsburg, KS Crawford 2005, spring 82 4/8 24 6/8 36 6/8 21 4/8
Glenn D. Cox, Seneca, MO Nemaha 2006, spring 82 4/8 27 0/8 32 4/8 23 0/8
Steven A. Brantner, Menomonie, WI Morris 2009, spring 82 2/8 25 6/8 35 0/8 21 4/8
Richard Tegethoff, Beattie Pottawatomie 1994, spring 82 1/8 29 5/8 32 4/8 20 0/8
Terry Topham, Fulton IL Wilson 2002, spring 82 1/8 27 1/8 30 0/8 25 0/8