When to Hunt

Current Seasons

Location: Statewide

  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

Location: Statewide

  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 5
  • Possession limit: 20

Location: Statewide

  • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
  • Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.

Location: Statewide

  • Cottontail & Jackrabbit
  • Regular: All year
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 10
  • Possession limit: 30

Location: Statewide

Season Dates (statewide): All year
Season Limit: No limit

There is no closed season for trapping or hunting coyotes. Motor vehicles and radios in vehicles may be used to hunt coyotes only. Furharvester license is required to trap and sell; hunting license is required to hunt and sell.


Upcoming Seasons

Location: Statewide

  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

Location: Statewide

  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: The daily bag limit of 15 applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination. There is no limit on Eurasian collared or ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to the mourning and white-winged dove daily bag must have a fully-feathered wing attached while being transported.
  • Possession limit: 45 (mourning and white-winged doves)

Location: Statewide

  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 25

Location: Statewide

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Muzzleloader

Location: Fort Riley

Elk Season - Muzzleloader and Archery - Fort Riley

Location: Fort Riley

Deer - Fort Riley - Youth & Disability

Location: Statewide

(Youth 16 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange is required.

Location: Statewide

  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

Location: Statewide

(The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader or archery equipment: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit, nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required

Location: Statewide

Location: Statewide

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Archery

Location: Greater Prairie Chicken Unit (east and northwest)

Location: Statewide

  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

Location: Units 2, 17 and 18


All Seasons
Deer Seasons
Deer Extended Season - Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only
Date: 01/01/2017 - 01/15/2017
Location: Untis 10A, 15 and 19 only
Deer Extended Season - Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only
Date: 01/01/2017 - 01/02/2017
Location: Units 6, 8, 9, 10, 16, and 17

January Deer Season - Extended Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only

Deer Extended Season - Firearm Whitetail Antlerless Only
Date: 01/01/2017 - 01/08/2017
Location: Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14
Deer Season - Archery
Date: 09/12/2016 - 12/31/2016
Location: Statewide
Deer Season - Muzzleloader
Date: 09/12/2016 - 09/25/2016
Location: Statewide

(The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader or archery equipment: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit, nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required

Deer Season - PRE-RUT WHITETAIL ANTLERLESS
Date: 10/08/2016 - 10/09/2016
Location: Statewide

Any permit that allows the harvest of a white-tailed antlerless deer is valid during this season. Equipment and unit restrictions on permit imposed. Hunter orange clothing is required.

Deer Season - Regular Firearm
Date: 11/30/2016 - 12/11/2016
Location: Statewide
Deer Season - Youth and Disability
Date: 09/03/2016 - 09/11/2016
Location: Statewide

(Youth 16 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange is required.

Deer - Firearm - Smoky Hill
Date: 11/30/2016 - 12/11/2016
Location: Smoky Hill

Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season

Deer - Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season
Date: 11/19/2016 - 11/20/2016
Location: Ft. Leavenworth

Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Deer - Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season
Date: 11/24/2016 - 11/27/2016
Location: Ft. Leavenworth

2012 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Deer - Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season
Date: 12/03/2016 - 12/04/2016
Location: Ft. Leavenworth

Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Deer - Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season
Date: 12/10/2016 - 12/11/2016
Location: Ft. Leavenworth

2012 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Deer - Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season
Date: 12/17/2016 - 12/18/2016
Location: Ft. Leavenworth

Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Deer - Archery - Fort Riley
Date: 09/14/2015 - 12/31/2015
Location: Fort Riley
Deer - Archery by Special Authorization
Date: 09/01/2015 - 09/13/2015
Location: Fort Riley
Deer - Archery by Special Authorization
Date: 01/11/2016 - 01/31/2016
Location: Fort Riley

Fort Riley Special Authorization

Deer - Firearms - Fort Riley
Date: 11/27/2015 - 11/29/2015
Location: Fort Riley
Deer - Firearms - Fort Riley
Date: 12/19/2015 - 12/23/2015
Location: Fort Riley
Deer - Firearms - Fort Riley
Date: 12/26/2015 - 12/29/2015
Location: Fort Riley
Deer - Fort Riley - Youth & Disability
Date: 09/03/2016 - 09/11/2016
Location: Fort Riley

Deer - Fort Riley - Youth & Disability

Deer - Fort Riley - Youth & Disability
Date: 10/07/2016 - 10/10/2016
Location: Fort Riley

Deer - Fort Riley - Youth & Disability

Deer Extended Season - Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless Only (DMU 19)
Date: 01/16/2017 - 01/31/2017
Location: DMU 19

The following unfilled permits are valid during this season using archery equipment only for antlerless whitetails. Resident and nonresident Archery Either species/ Either-sex permit, nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit valid for Unit 19, Special Hunt-Own-Land permit valid for Unit 19, and Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit. A 2016 hunting license is required, unless exempt by Kansas law. Hunter orange clothing is required.

Antelope Seasons
Antelope Early Season - Archery
Date: 09/24/2016 - 10/02/2016
Location: Units 2, 17 and 18
Antelope Late Season - Archery
Date: 10/15/2016 - 10/31/2016
Location: Units 2, 17 and 18

Antelope Season - Archery

Antelope Season - Muzzleloader
Date: 10/03/2016 - 10/06/2016
Location: Unit 2, 17 or 18

Antelope Season - Muzzleloader

Antelope Season - Firearm
Date: 10/07/2016 - 10/10/2016
Location: Unit 2, 17 or 18

Antelope Season Dates - Firearm

Elk Seasons
Elk Extended Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm
Date: 11/30/2016 - 12/11/2016
Location: Statewide

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm

Elk Extended Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm
Date: 01/01/2017 - 03/15/2017
Location: Statewide

January Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Firearm

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Archery
Date: 09/12/2016 - 12/31/2016
Location: Statewide

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Archery

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Muzzleloader
Date: 09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016
Location: Statewide

Elk Season Outside Fort Riley - Muzzleloader

Elk Season - Anterless ONLY Firearm Third Segment - Fort Riley
Date: 12/01/2016 - 12/31/2016
Location: Fort Riley
Elk Season - Antlerless ONLY Firearm First Segment - Fort Riley
Date: 10/01/2016 - 10/31/2016
Location: Fort Riley
Elk Season - Antlerless ONLY Firearm Second Segment - Fort Riley
Date: 11/01/2016 - 11/30/2016
Location: Fort Riley
Elk Season - Firearm Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits - Fort Riley
Date: 10/01/2016 - 12/31/2016
Location: Fort Riley

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

Elk Season - Muzzleloader and Archery - Fort Riley
Date: 09/01/2016 - 09/30/2016
Location: Fort Riley

Elk Season - Muzzleloader and Archery - Fort Riley

Turkey Seasons
Fall Turkey - Second Segment
Date: 12/12/2016 - 01/31/2017
Location: Units 1,2,3,5,6 (Unit 4 CLOSED)
  • 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. Residents and nonresidents who purchase a turkey permit may also purchase up to three addi- tional turkey game tags valid in Unit 2 only. Fall turkey permits and game tags are valid for both male and female turkeys. Dogs may be used in fall season.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey, either sex, per permit or game tag.
Fall Turkey - First Segment
Date: 10/01/2016 - 11/29/2016
Location: Units 1,2,3,5,6 ( Unit 4 CLOSED)

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. Residents and nonresidents who purchase a turkey permit may also purchase up to three addi- tional turkey game tags valid in Unit 2 only. Fall turkey permits and game tags are valid for both male and female turkeys. Dogs may be used in fall season. 
  • Bag Limit: One turkey, either sex, per permit or game tag.
Spring Turkey - Archery Only
Date: 04/04/2016 - 04/12/2016
Location: Unit Specified on Permit

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)
Date: 04/13/2016 - 05/31/2016
Location: Unit Specified on Permit
  • 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
Date: 04/01/2016 - 04/12/2016
Location: Unit Specified on Permit

Spring Turkey - Youth/Disabled

Migratory Birds Seasons

DOVE (Mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves)

Season: Sept.1 - Nov. 29, 2016

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 15 (The daily bag limit applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination. There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle dove, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport.)

Possession limit: 45

EXOTIC DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

  • Season: Nov. 30, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

Season: Sept. 1 - Nov 9, 2016

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 25

Possession limit: 75

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Dec. 16, 2016
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 15 - Nov. 28, 2016
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit:
  • Possession limit: 9

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 17-25, 2016
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 10-25, 2016
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season:  Oct. 8, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 20 - 29, 2017
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 8 - Dec. 4, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 21-29, 2017
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 7 - 29, 2017
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCK LIMITS

Six ducks including no more than, 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens; 3 wood ducks; 3 scaup; 2 pintails; 2 redheads; and 2 canvasbacks. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

MERGANSERS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
  • Possession Limit: 15

COOTS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15
  • Possession Limit: 45

YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. 1-2, 2016
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 1-2, 2016
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 22-23, 2016
  • Southeast Zone: Nov. 5-6, 2016

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2017
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 29 - Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2017
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 9, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
Upland Bird Seasons
Pheasant & Quail Regular Season
Date: 11/12/2016 - 01/31/2017
Location: Statewide

 PHEASANT

  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season
  • NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

 QUAIL

  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season
Pheasant & Quail Youth Season
Date: 11/05/2016 - 11/06/2016
Location: Statewide

 PHEASANT

  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2 cocks in youth season
  • NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

 QUAIL

  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 in youth season
Greater Prairie Chicken Early Season
Date: 09/15/2016 - 10/15/2016
Location: Greater Prairie Chicken Unit (east and northwest)
Greater Prairie Chicken Regular Season
Date: 11/19/2016 - 01/31/2017
Location: East and Northwest Zones
Furbearer Seasons
Beaver, Otter Trapping
Date: 11/16/2016 - 03/31/2017
Location: Statewide
  • Limit: Otter - 2, Beaver - No Limit
  • NO OPEN TRAPPING OR HUNTING SEASON ON ANY OTHER FURBEARERS
Furbearer Hunting & Trapping
Date: 11/16/2016 - 02/15/2017
Location: Statewide

NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping, and running seasons begin at 12 noon on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.

Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.

Running
Date: 03/01/2016 - 11/08/2016
Location: Statewide
  • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
  • Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.
Small Game Seasons
Bullfrog Season
Date: 07/01/2016 - 10/31/2016
Location: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
Crow Season
Date: 11/10/2016 - 03/10/2017
Location: Statewide
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Limit: No Limit
Rabbit
Date: 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016
Location: Statewide
  • Cottontail & Jackrabbit
  • Regular: All year
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 10
  • Possession limit: 30
Squirrel Season
Date: 06/01/2016 - 02/28/2017
Location: Statewide
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 5
  • Possession limit: 20