Applications no longer being accepted

PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that the drawing for special hunts will be held in mid-August. The deadline to apply was July 15, so applications are no longer being accepted. Applicants who applied online and provided an email address will be notified in late August only if they were not successful. Successful applicants will be notified by letter from the public land manager of the hunt for which they applied.

The majority of special hunts provide new opportunities on public areas traditionally closed to hunting. These hunts provide a less crowded experience with better harvest opportunities than normally found on public wildlife areas. While providing excellent opportunities for new hunters, special hunts have also proven popular with current hunters looking for excellent hunting. In addition, the program offers hunters with disabilities a better chance to participate.

Successful applicants must have all the appropriate licenses, certificates, permits, and stamps required of any other hunt. For questions on specific hunts, contact the local area office where the hunt is offered in late August.

Special hunts are part of the Kansas Hunter Recruitment and Retention Program called "Pass It On." This program addresses the need to recruit new hunters and retain existing hunters in order to ensure the future of hunting in Kansas. For more information about the Pass It On program, phone (620) 672-5911.