Sportsmen's Calendar

The following is a list of all hunting seasons


All Seasons



 2017 SPRING TURKEY:
  • Youth/Disabled Season : April 1 - 11, 2017; Legal Equipment: archery equipment and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.
  • Archery-Only Season: April 3 - 11, 2017; Legal Equipment: long, recurve, compound bows and crossbows.
  • Regular Season: April 12 - May 31, 2017; Legal Equipment: archery equipment and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • 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.
2016 FALL TURKEY:
  • Archery/Shotgun : Oct. 1 - Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017
  • 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, 2017.



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. 18, 2015 - Feb. 15, 2016 Limit: No limit.

BEAVER AND OTTER TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 18, 2015 - March 31, 2016
  • 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

 
2017 DEER Application Deadlines:
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: April 28, 2017
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: July 14 , 2017
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit: Dec 31, 2017
  • Resident Archery: Dec. 31, 2017
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit: Dec. 31, 2017
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit: Jan 31, 2018
 2017 PROPOSED Deer Season Dates:

PROPOSED Youth and Disability: Sept. 32 - Sept. 10, 2017  (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.

PROPOSED Muzzleloader: Sept. 11 - Sept. 24, 2017  (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

PROPOSED Archery: Sept. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017

PROPOSED Pre-Rut Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only: Oct. 7 - Oct. 9, 2017.  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.

PROPOSED Regular Firearm:   Nov. 29 - Dec. 10, 2017

 PROPOSED Firearms Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:

Jan. 1 , 2018      Units TBD

Jan. 1 - 7, 2018      Units TBD

Jan. 1 - 14, 2018    Units TBD

PROPOSED Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:

Jan. 165 - 31, 2018   Unit DMU 19 ONLY

 

Number of Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Permits a hunter may purchase is TBD  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.

additional antlerless whitetail permits may be purchased and are valid in units TBD 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.

2017 PROPOSED Fort Riley Deer Season Dates:

Youth & Disability:  Sept. 32 - Sept. 10 and Oct. 6 - 9, 20167

Archery:  Sept. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017

Firearm:   Nov. 24 - 26, Dec. 16- 24, 2017

Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization:  

Pre-Rut Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only: CLOSED ON FT RILEY UNIT

 

   2017 PROPOSED Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

 Nov. 29-Dec. 10, 2017

 

    2017 PROPOSED  Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season: (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Nov. 198 - Nov. 19, 2017

Nov. 23 - Nov. 26, 2017

Dec. 2 - Dec. 3, 2017

Dec. 9 - Dec. 10, 2017

Dec. 16 - Dec. 17, 2017

 
2017 ANTELOPE

 Firearm AND Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 9, 2017
 Archery permit deadline: Oct. 31, 2017

 2017 PROPOSED  Antelope Season Dates:

Firearm:  Oct. 6 - Oct. 9, 2017

Archery:  Sept. 23 - Oct. 1 and Oct. 14 - Oct. 31, 2017

Muzzleloader:  Oct. 2  - Oct. 9, 2017

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

 

2016 ELK

Application Deadline: July 8, 2016

 2016 Season dates OUTSIDE FORT RILEY:

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

 2016 Season dates ON FORT RILEY:

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

2016 HUNT-OWN-LAND ELK Application Deadline: March 15, 2017



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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

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
  • None

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Nov 9, 2016
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

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

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 15 - Nov. 28, 2016
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit:
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

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 Permit, 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 Permit, 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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

COOTS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15
  • Possession Limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

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
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season:Feb. 13, 2017-April 30, 2017
  • Area Open:Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit:Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions:During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 9, 2016-Jan. 5, 2017
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit



PHEASANT

  • Regular: November 12, 2016 - January 31, 2017
  • Youth: November 5-6, 2016
  • 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 12, 2016 - January 31, 2017
  • Youth: November 5-6, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Regular (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Nov. 19, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting

 View prairie chicken map.



SQUIRREL

  • Regular: June 1, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017
  • 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, 2016 - March 10, 2017

Area Open: Statewide

Limit: No Limit