Sportsmen's Calendar

The following is a list of all hunting seasons


All Seasons



 2015 SPRING TURKEY:
  • Regular (firearm/archery): April 15 - May 31, 2015
  • Archery-Only : April 6 - 14, 2015
  • Youth/Disabled : April 1 - 14, 2015
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: long, recurve, or compound bows, crossbows and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.
  • 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.

2015 Spring Turkey Regulations

2015 FALL TURKEY:
  • Archery/Shotgun : Oct. 1 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016
  • Fall Turkey Permits in Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and game tags for UNIT 2 ONLY may be purchased over the counter at any license vendor or online.
  • No permits authorized in Unit 4.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows. Dogs may be used while hunting turkeys during the fall turkey season.
  • Limit: Fall turkey permits may be purchased over-the-counter or online, and are valid in Units 1,2,3,5 and 6. 
  • Any individual with a fall turkey permit may purchase as many as three turkey game tags VALID IN UNIT 2 ONLY.  
  • Turkey permits and turkey game tags may be purchased online at www.ksoutdoors.com or from all license agents through Jan. 31, 2016.



HUNTING & TRAPPING

  • 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.
  • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015 Limit: No limit.

BEAVER AND OTTER TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 12, 2014 - March 31, 2015
  • Limit: No limit on beavers. Two (2) per season limit on otters.
  • Each otter trapped shall be presented to KDWPT for tagging within seven days of the close of the trapping season. The lower canine teeth shall be surrendered to KDWPT at that time.
  • NO OPEN TRAPPING OR HUNTING SEASON ON ANY OTHER FURBEARERS

RUNNING

  • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
  • Season Dates (statewide): March 1-Nov. 8
  • 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.

 COYOTES HUNTING & TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): All year
  • Possession Limit: No limit.

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



Deer Management Unit Map

 
2015 DEER Application Deadlines:
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: April 24, 2015
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: July 10 , 2015
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit: Dec 31, 2015
  • Resident Archery: Dec. 31, 2015
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit: Dec. 31, 2015
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit: Jan 31, 2016
 2015 Deer Season Dates:
  • Youth and Disability: Sept. 5 - Sept. 13, 2015 (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.
  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 14 - Sept. 27, 2015 (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
  • Archery: Sept. 14 - Dec. 31, 2015
  • Pre-Rut Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only: Oct. 10 - Oct. 11, 2015.  Any permit that allows the harvest of a whitetailed antlerless deer is valid during this season. Equipment and unit restrictions on permit imposed. Hunter orange clothing is required.
  • Regular Firearm:  Dec. 2 - Dec. 13, 2015

    Firearms Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:

    1. Jan. 1 - 3, 2016      Units 6, 8, 9, 10, 16 AND 17
    2. Jan. 1 - 10, 2016    Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, AND 14
    3. Jan. 1 - 17, 2016    Units 15, 10A AND 19

     

  • Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:
    1. Jan. 18 - 31, 2016   Unit DMU 19 ONLY

 

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.

 

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

2015 Fort Riley Deer Season Dates:

  • Youth & Disability:  Sept. 5 - Sept. 13 and Oct. 9 - Oct. 12, 2015
  • Archery:  Sept 14 - Dec. 31, 2015
  • Firearm:   Nov. 27 - Nov. 29, Dec. 19 - Dec. 23, Dec. 26 - Dec. 29, 2015
  • Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization:  Sept. 1 - Sept. 13 and Jan. 11 - Jan. 31, 2016

 2015  Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

Nov. 26 - Nov. 29 AND Dec. 6 - Dec. 13, 2015

 

2015  Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season: (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

  • Nov. 21 - Nov. 22, 2015
  • Nov. 26 - Nov. 29, 2015
  • Dec. 5 - Dec. 6, 2015
  • Dec. 12 - Dec. 13, 2015
  • Dec. 19 - Dec. 20, 2015
2015 ANTELOPE

 Firearm & Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 12, 2015
 Archery permit deadline: Oct. 31, 2015

2015  Antelope Season Dates:

  • Firearm:  Oct. 2 - Oct. 5, 2015
  • Archery:  Sept. 19 - Sept. 27 and Oct. 10 - Oct. 31, 2015
  • Muzzleloader:  Sept 28 - Oct. 5, 2015
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

 

2015 ELK

Application Deadline: July 10, 2015

 2015 Season dates OUTSIDE FORT RILEY:

  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2015
  • Archery: Sept. 14 - Dec. 31, 2015
  • Firearm: Dec. 2 - Dec. 13, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016 - March 15, 2016

 2015 Season dates ON FORT RILEY:

  • Muzzleloader and Archery: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2015
  • Firearm Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015
  • Firearm First Segment: Oct. 1 - Oct. 31, 2015
  • Firearm Second Segment: Nov.1 - Nov 30, 2015
  • Firearm Third Segment: Dec.1 - Dec. 31, 2015

2015 HUNT-OWN-LAND ELK Application Deadline: March 15, 2016



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

Season: Sept.1 - Oct. 31 and Nov 7-15, 2015

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. 20, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2016
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Nov 9, 2015
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Dec. 16, 2015
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 17 - Nov. 30, 2015
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit:
  • Possession limit: 9

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • 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: To be set
  • 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:  To be set
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • 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 1 canvasback. 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: To be set

Low Plains Early Zone: To be set

Low Plains Late Zone: To be set

Southeast Zone: To be set

CANADA GEESE

Season: To be set

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)

Possession limit: 18

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit

NOTE - By special conservation order, light geese may also be taken from Feb. 16 - April 30, 2015. During this period, there will be no bag or possession limit on light geese. In addition, participants will be allowed to use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls and take light geese from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the period of the conservation order.

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 11 2015-Jan. 7, 2016
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9



PHEASANT

  • Regular: November 14, 2015 - January 31, 2016
  • Youth: November 7-8, 2015
  • 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

  • Regular: November 14, 2015 - January 31, 2016
  • Youth: November 7-8, 2015
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Permit required)

  • Early (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2015
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Regular (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Nov. 21, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting

 View prairie chicken map.



SQUIRREL

  • Regular: June 1, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 5
  • Possession limit: 20

RABBITS (Cottontail & Jackrabbit)

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

BULLFROGS

  • Regular: July 1 - Oct. 31
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

CROW

  • Regular: Nov.10 - March 10, 2014
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Limit: No Limit