Special hunts offered on seven tracts in four counties; signup required

The Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks and KU Endowment have created an opportunity for youths under 16 to hunt deer. More than 1,200 acres owned by KU Endowment will be open to limited hunting during the weekends of Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21.

The hunting opportunity involves seven tracts of land KU Endowment owns and manages. Agricultural and mineral income from this land, which was provided by donors, benefits the University of Kansas. KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU.

The hunting sites, which range from 54 acres to 320 acres, are in four counties: Chase, Douglas, Osage and Sumner. The Douglas County tract will not be available on Sept. 13.

Youths who are under 16 must possess a valid deer permit to hunt during these weekends. Youths who are 16 or older must possess a hunting license in addition to a deer permit. Any hunter under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18, who may not hunt.

Access to each tract will be limited to one youth/mentor pair each weekend on each of the properties, except the Douglas County tract, which will be open to three youth/mentor pairs per weekend.

Hunts will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested hunters should contact KDWP’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division, 620-672-5911, to register. Hunts will be awarded for each of the following properties: