Permits available online, over the counter; “lengthen” season for many
PRATT — No matter what equipment a hunter uses, it's time to gear up for deer season. Two Kansas deer seasons open in September, and another opens in October. The muzzleloader season opened Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 3; the archery season opened Sept. 20 and runs through Dec. 31; and the early firearms season in Deer Management Unit 19 runs Oct. 9-17. The regular firearms season runs Dec. 1-12.

For resident hunters who want to hunt one or all of these seasons, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers a one-size-fits-all permit — the Any-Season White-tailed Deer permit. These permits allow hunting in any season with equipment legal for that season, and they are currently available at KDWP offices, select license vendors, or online at Click "License/Permits" in the top right-hand corner of the page.

Resident hunting licenses, required of anyone age 16 through 64, cost $20.50. Resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer permits cost $32.50. Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer permits, which may be purchased only after an antlered deer permit has been purchased, cost $17.50.

There is no minimum age to apply for and receive a big game permit, and youth younger than 16 may hunt without hunter education, if supervised by an adult. For more information, visit the KDWP website, or phone 620-672-5911.