Antelope

Pronghorn or Antelope

The antelope, The antelope, or more accurately, the pronghorn, is a unique species to North America. Historically pronghorn ranged throughout the western three-fourths of Kansas and were considered nearly as numerous as bison. But by the late 1800s and early 1900s, unregulated harvest reduced pronghorn to the western border of the state. Trap and transplant efforts were initiated in 1964 in Wallace and Sherman counties. Later (1978-1983) pronghorn were reintroduced into Barber, Comanche, Ellsworth, Saline, Gove, and Morton counties. A Flint Hills population of pronghorns was also established in Chase County with releases in 1978 and 1979, 1982 and 1983, and 1991 and 1992.
The western Kansas reintroductions were successful. There are about 2,000 pronghorn in the westernmost two to three tiers of counties. A few pronghorn roam Barber County, and 50 or so remain in the Flint Hills, which was the eastern edge of the historic pronghorn range in the U.S. None remain in Ellsworth and Saline counties.

As the landscape becomes more intensely developed and modified, it becomes more and more difficult to find space for larger animals like pronghorn, and landscape changes such as the loss of native prairie (to agriculture, urbanization, and tree growth resulting from fire suppression) have not been favorable for pronghorn. Even fences can present a significant barrier to pronghorn movement and survival. As a result of these things, the amount of good pronghorn habitat is limited in Kansas. Even areas with extensive native grassland like parts of central Kansas that might appear to be suitable for pronghorn have seen reintroduced animals dwindle or dissappear. There is a healthy population of pronghorn in Kansas, but they are primarily restricted to the west.

The first pronghorn hunting season in Kansas occurred in 1974. Nearly 500 hunters applied for the 80 permits available. Seventy pronghorns were harvested. Today, hunting is restricted to three management units that include parts or all of Sherman, Thomas, Wallace, Logan, Gove, Trego, Greeley, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Ness, Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Gray, Hodgeman, Ford, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Meade and Clark counties. Firearms and muzzleloader permits are limited to residents only, and about 170 permits are authorized each year. More than 1,000 applications are received, and hunters who are unsuccessful in the drawing receive a preference point. It currently requires six preference points for a general resident to draw a firearms permit, or three or four preference points to draw a muzzleloader permit. Archery hunters can purchase pronghorn permits over the counter, and nearly 200 are sold each year.

Range Map
Pronghorn Map
License Information
Antelope

2016 Antelope Application Deadline:  June 10, 2016

FIREARMS and MUZZLELOADER

  • Western portions of the state have a limited competitive draw for firearm and muzzleloader permits. 
  • There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.
  • Applicants must apply online from May 10 thru June 10, 2016 or by phone 620-672-0728.
  • All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.

ANTELOPE APPLICATION FEES:

  • General Resident Application: $62.50
  • Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant Application: $37.50
  • Resident Youth Application ( age 15 and under): $22.50
  • NR Tenant Application: $97.50
  • Preference Point only: $11.50

A preference point will be given to those applicants who are unsuccessful in the Resident Draw. If you do not want to apply for a permit and want to purchase a preference point only, select preference point only online for $11.50 from May 10 thru June 10, 2016. Only one preference point may be obtained per year.

FIREARMS and MUZZLELOADER

Western portions of the state have a limited competitive draw for firearm and muzzleloader permits. These permits have a unit number printed on it and you are required to hunt within that geographic area. Be sure to consult the maps before hunting. Pratt Operations Office

ARCHERY

Archery: Oct. 31, 2016

Open Archery antelope permits have been available to residents since 1990. Recent annual sales have averaged about 115 resident archery permits, and with a 10 to 12 percent success rate among archery hunters, harvest impact on the pronghorn population by archery hunters has been minimal. Archery permits may be purchased online or at any licensed agent from Aug. 3 through Oct. 31, 2016.

  • Archery Antelope (general resident)    $52.50
  • Archery Antelope (resident landowner/resident tenant)   $27.50
  • Archery Antelope (resident youth 15 and younger)   $12.50
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident)   $302.50
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident youth 15 and younger)   $102.50 
  • Archery Antelope (nonresident tenant)   $87.50

2016 PROPOSED  Antelope Season Dates:

  • Firearms Season: 
  • Archery Season: 
  • Muzzleloader Season: 
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

2015 Antelope Regulation Summary

2015 Antelope Draw Stats


ELK

2015 ELK DRAW Application Deadline: July 10, 2015

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2015. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.

Applicants must apply online from June 8 thru July 10, 2015 or apply by phone 620-672-0728. Fee to apply for an elk permit or purchase a bonus point is $7.69.

Military permits are only available for active duty military personnel stationed at Fort Riley. All other eligible persons must apply for general permits.

For the limited draw elk permits, each applicant shall have an additional opportunity in the draw for each bonus point earned. Bonus points are awarded as follows:

One (1) bonus point shall be awarded for each year the applicant is unsuccessful in obtaining a draw permit for the taking of an elk. If the applicant does not want to apply for a permit, they may purchase a bonus point during the application period.

When an applicant obtains an elk permit thru the draw, or if the applicant fails to make at least one application or purchase one bonus point within five consecutive years, all earned bonus points will be lost. Applicant cannot apply for a permit and purchase a bonus point in the same year.

 Permit fees will be collected from successful applicants only.

Elk - Firearms (Any Elk)

  • General Resident: $252.50
  • Landowner/Tenant: $127.50
  • Resident Youth (15 and younger): $127.50

Elk (antlerless)

  • General resident: $102.50
  • Landowner/Tenant: $52.50
  • Resident Youth (15 and younger): $52.50

Units open for elk hunting were expanded in 2006 Commission Meeting to statewide use, except that UNIT 1 in Morton County is closed to elk hunting.

Elk hunting on and around Fort Riley was initiated in 1990. Most of the hunting opportunity occurs on the military base, but unlimited hunt-own-land permits have been allocated off the base since 1999, and additional units were opened to hunting in 2003.

An unlimited number of resident and landowner/tenant Either-sex Elk permits or Antlerless-only Elk permits authorized for Unit 3 are available online and over-the-counter August 3 through March 15, 2016.

Unlimited Hunt-own-land Either-sex Elk permits or Antlerless-only Elk permits authorized for Units 2 and 3 are available online and over-the counter through March 15, 2016. Hunt own land permits are valid during any season with equipment authorized for that season.

2015  ELK SEASON DATES

2015  Season dates OUTSIDE FORT RILEY

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

2015  Season dates ON FORT RILEY

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

Elk Regulation Summary

Quotas and Draw Stats    |    Deer Permit Purchasing Guide    |    Deer Management Units

NEW FOR 2015

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.

There will be NO Any Antlerless Either Species permits in Units 3, 4, 5, 7 or 16.

Annual Hunting License -

All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law.  Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license.  Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.

For more information see the Deer Management Unit Map and Deer Regulations 

Schedules A, B, and C list all deer permits available. To Determine which permits you are eligible to obtain, click here for the online deer permit guide.

2015 SEASON DATES:

  •   Special Extended Antlerless Whitetail Season Jan. 1 - 17, 2016    Units 15, 19 and 10A (Ft. Leavenworth)

        ARCHERY Antlerless Whitetail Season:   Jan. 18 - 31, 2016          DMU 19 and 10A ONLY

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

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.

 

 2016 PROPOSED SEASON DATES:
  • Youth and Disability Season: Sept. 3 - Sept. 11, 2016
  • Early Muzzleloader Season: Sept. 12 - Sept. 25, 2016
  • Archery Season: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2016
  • Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless Season: Oct. 8- Oct. 9, 2016. 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.
  • Firearms Season: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2016

Extended Antlerless Only Whitetail Season: Jan. 1 - 2, 2017       Units TBD

Extended Antlerless Only Whitetail Season: Jan. 1 - 8, 2017       Units TBD

Special Extended Antlerless Whitetail Season Jan. 1 - 15, 2017    Units TBD

ARCHERY Antlerless Whitetail Season:   Jan. 16 - 31, 2017          DMU 19 ONLY

 
 
Schedule A - Choices for General Resident Deer Permits
By Drawing only: 2016 Resident Either-species/Either-sex Firearms Deer Permit Application Deadline:     July 8, 2016

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All draw applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.

Applicants must apply online from June 6 thru July 8, 2016 or apply by phone 620-672-0728.

All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.

Resident Firearm Either-species/Either-sex Firearms Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)

  • $52.50  General Residents;
  • $32.50  Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $97.50  NR Tenant
  • $17.50  Resident Youth  (15 and younger)

 

* Permits are valid either in the east unit (3, 4, 5, 7, 16) or the west unit (1, 2, 17, 18) during the regular firearms season using any legal equipment.

    * $11.50 Preference Point          * A resident hunter who does not want to hunt in the current year season can purchase a preference point that will count toward a firearm either species, either sex deer permit in a future drawing.

 
For purchase OVER THE COUNTER OR ONLINE for 2016 season:

Resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer permit (white-tailed deer buck, doe or fawn)   Resident Any-season White-tailed Deer permits are valid statewide in any season, provided legal equipment is used for that season. Available Aug. 3 - Dec. 31.

  • $42.50  General residents
  • $22.50  Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50  NR Tenant
  • $12.50  Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)  Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid statewide with archery equipment only during archery season. Available Aug. 3 - Dec. 31

  • $42.50 General residents
  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50 NR Tenant
  • $12.50 Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Resident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn)   Resident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid either in the east unit (3, 4, 5, 7, 16) or the west unit (1, 2, 17, 18) during the early muzzleloader season and the regular firearm season using muzzleloading equipment only. Available Aug. 3 - Dec. 31

  • $42.50 General residents
  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant
  • $87.50 NR Tenant
  • $12.50 Resident Youth (15 and Younger)

 

Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit

  • $22.50 Resident Landowner/Resident Tenant

 

Available to individuals who qualify as resident landowners, including family members living with the landowner or tenant. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by landowner or tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available Aug. 3 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a resident deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

Resident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

  • $22.50 General Residents
  • $10.00 Resident Youth (15 and younger)

White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

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.

Resident Antlerless Either-species Deer permit (any white-tailed or mule deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

  • $17.50 General Residents
  • $10.00 Resident Youth (15 and younger)

*Available in units 1, 2, 17 AND 18. Permit will be unit specific. LIMITED QUOTA will be available first - come, first - served, beginning August 3.

 

Schedule B - Choices for Nonresident Deer Permits
By drawing only: 2016 Nonresident DEER Permit Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

Applicants must apply online from April 1 thru April 29, 2016 or apply by phone 620-672-0728.

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2016. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.   All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point. 

  • $117.50 Nonresident Youth White-tailed Deer Permit (youth 15 and younger)
  • $442.50 Nonresident White-tailed Deer Permit Fee (16 and older)

*Bag Limit: (1) white-tailed deer - buck, doe or fawn AND (1) white-tailed antlerless deer

Hunter applies in one unit and selects one adjacent unit in which to also hunt, as well as the season choice (archery, muzzleloader, or firearm) at the time of application. Muzzleloader permit holders may hunt during early muzzleloader season and regular firearm season using muzzleloader equipment only.

Group Hunt: The group hunt application is to accommodate those who do not want to hunt unless their hunting partners draw also. Applicants (up to 5) must apply for the same unit and the same weapon choice. Each person will make application and there will be a question on the application about groups. The first applicant in the group to apply would choose the create group option on this question. This will create a group under this applicants KDWPT #. Each applicant applying after the group has been set up would choose the join group option and they would be asked to fill in the Group Leaders KDWPT # at that time.

  • $152.50 Mule Deer Stamp Fee (plus Nonresident White-tailed deer permit fee listed above)

*A nonresident must apply for the Mule Deer Stamp during the April application period. A nonresident who successfully draws an archery or muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit among units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 17, or 18 and has applied for the Mule Deer Stamp will be entered into a draw for one of a limited number of Mule Deer Stamps. If drawn, the applicant's White-tailed Deer Archery or Muzzleloader Permit converts to an Either-species/Either-sex Archery or Muzzleloader Permit. Preference points do not count toward this Mule Deer Stamp draw. If unsuccessful in the Mule Deer Stamp Draw, hunter will receive a  refund and be issued the White-tailed Deer Archery or Muzzleloader Draw Permit.

  • $26.50 Preference Point.

*A nonresident hunter who does not want to hunt in the current season can purchase a preference point that will count toward a white-tailed deer permit in a future drawing.

If unsuccessful in the draw, hunter receives a refund and a preference point for next year's draw.

If successful in the draw, you will also need to purchase a nonresident hunting license.

For purchase over-the-counter and online:

  • $87.50 Nonresident Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit (available over the counter and online)

*Available to nonresident individuals who qualify as Kansas landowners. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by the nonresident landowner, during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

  • $87.50 Special Hunt-Own-Land Relative Deer Permit (available over the counter and online)

*Available to individuals who qualify as lineal ascendants or descendants or siblings of resident landowners or all tenants, and spouses of a qualifying landowner. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by landowner or tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Lineal relatives include direct ascendants or descendants such as a grandfather, mother, son, or granddaughter. Cousins, uncles, or nieces are NOT lineal family members. You would also need to purchase an annual hunting license. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a nonresident deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

  • $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler).

*White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull) Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

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.

  • $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless Either-species Deer permit (any white-tailed or mule deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

*Available in units 1, 2, 17 AND 18.  Permit will be unit specific. LIMITED QUOTA will be available first - come, first - served, beginning July 1.

 

Schedule C - Choices for Nonresident Tenant Deer Permits

         $87.50     NR Tenant Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit (available over the counter)   

Available to individuals who qualify as a tenant, including family members living with the tenant. Permit valid for any white-tailed or mule deer only on land owned or operated by tenant during muzzleloader-only, archery, and firearm seasons using equipment legal for that season. Available online and over the counter July 1 - Dec. 31

Hunter must first have a tenant deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered deer, unless purchased after Dec. 30:

  • $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless White-tailed Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler)

*White-tailed Antlerless Deer permit (any white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull) Available online and over the counter July 1- Dec. 31 

  • NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

    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.

    $52.50 Nonresident Antlerless Either-species Deer permit (any white-tailed or mule deer without a visible antler protruding from the skull)

*Available in units 1, 2, 17 AND 18.  Permit will be unit specific. LIMITED QUOTA will be available first - come, first - served, beginning July 1.

Click here to proceed to the Deer Permit Questionnaire.

Regulations
115-04-02 (PDF - 16.75 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - General provisions

115-04-04 (PDF - 17.63 kB)

Big Game - Legal Equipment and Taking Methods.

115-04-06 (PDF - 23.25 kB)

Deer - Management Units

115-16-04 (PDF - 143.07 kB)

Big Game Control Permit - Application, Requirements and Provisions.

115-18-07 (PDF - 16.62 kB)

Use of crossbows for big game hunting by persons with disabilities - Application, Permit, and General Provisions

115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-25-07 (PDF - 12.04 kB)

Antelope - Open Season, Bag Limit, Permits and Game Tags

115-25-08 (PDF - 14.25 kB)

Elk - Open Season, Bag Limit and Permit

115-25-09a (PDF - 9.01 kB)

Deer; open season, bag limit, and permits; additional considerations.

115-25-09b (PDF - 8.56 kB)

Deer; nonresident limited-quota antlered permit application period.

Antelope Management Units

The state is divided into three management units for firearms/muzzleloader and one management unit for archery hunting. Your permit has a unit number printed on it and you are required to hunt within that geographic area. Be sure to consult the maps before hunting.

Antelope Archery Unit Map

Antelope Firearms Unit Map

KS Top 10 Antelope Records

Kansas Top 10 Antelope Archery Records

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Matthew Bain, Colby, KS 83 2/8 2006 Sherman
Mike Gilbert, Garden City, KS 81 4/8 1987 Sherman
Danny Pfaff, Randolph, KS 81 0/8 1996 Wallace
Lucas Palmquist, Council Grove, KS 80 6/8 2013 Gove
Craig Knobbe, Jetmore, KS 80 2/8 1993 Wallace
Joseph Stout, Ford, KS 79 4/8 2013 Logan
Mike Heath, Harper, KS 79 2/8 1996 Wallace
Chris Wolkensdorfer, Scott City, KS 79 0/8 2008 Logan
Loren Goss, Hays, KS 78 6/8 1993 Wallace
Jeff Bruna, Colwich, KS 77 2/8 2010 Morton

Kansas Top 10 Antelope Records

*Harvest by muzzleloader

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Don McDermott, Eudora, 84 4/8 1992 Wallace
Corey Urban, Norton, KS 84 4/8 1990 Logan
Gregory Shaw, Garden City, KS 83 0/8 2000 Wallace
Matt Mildenberger, Oakley, KS 83 0/8* 2009 Gove
Merle Houchin, Wichita, KS 82 6/8 1992 Wallace
Vernice Church, Syracuse, KS 82 2/8 1985 Hamilton
Curtis Penner, Lehigh, KS 82 0/8 1976 Wallace
Burl Loving, Garden City, KS 81 4/8 1988 Hamilton
Gregory Shaw, Garden City, KS 81 4/8 1990 Wallace
Dean Milner, Scandia, KS 81 0/8 1983 Wallace