Special Hunts Information

SPRING 2016 TURKEY Special Hunts DRAWING is complete.  ALL Notifications have been emailed.

Application Period CLOSED on February 29, 2016.
There were 79 different hunts with a total of 160 Individual Permits

Hunts are being offered on 5 Wildlife Areas, 1 State Park, 5 Counties (private land), 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 2 County managed properties.

Statistics from last year's hunts are NOW available here.  This pdf table shows Spring 2015 Turkey hunts by property and the number of applicants for each hunt.

All Applicants (Successful or UnSuccessful) will be Notified by Email


LEFTOVER HUNTS have been posted. There are very few leftovers

Leftover Hunts may change if there are cancellations. 



Fall/Winter 2015/2016 Special Hunts.

More than 500 individual hunts with nearly 900 individual permits were available for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 Special Hunts. There were 634 different hunts with more than 1,000 permits available in the fall/winter of '14/'15.

Statistics from last year's hunts are NOW available here.  This 4 page table shows 2014/2015 hunts by property and the number of applicants for each hunt type.

Because of limited staff to handle phone calls, please read the material on this page. If you still have questions, the best way to find out about special hunts is to contact us by email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com. 

Special Deer Hunts DO NOT Include Deer Permits or Tags.  Special Hunts Only Provide Access to Properties - All other licenses, stamps and permits must be obtained by the successful applicant.  NON-RESIDENTS must have drawn a deer permit to be eligible for Special Deer Hunts.  Non-residents should check the deer management unit on their permit to match special hunt. 

TO REQUEST A LEFTOVER HUNT, PLEASE EMAIL hunt #, name, address, city, zip code, phone, email and date of birth to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Special Hunt Leftovers will be available after the draw.

Read Instructions Below


Special hunts are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's "Recruitment and Retention" Program. These hunts are conducted on department lands, including state parks, wildlife areas, and refuges. The hunts also occur on Walk In Hunting Areas (WIHA's), National Wildlife Refuges, City and County properties, and other locations. These hunts limit the number of participants to ensure a quality experience or to achieve specific management goals such as herd reduction.

Special Hunts only provide access to specific properties.  Licenses, Permits, Tags, Stamps, and Hunter Education Are Required unless exempt. 

If you have questions, please contact Mike Nyhoff at our Hays Regional Office at 785-628-8614 or email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Instructions to Apply for Special Hunt Draw

  1. Before beginning the application process please read the following file. This file explains Age restrictions, hunt type definitions and walks you through the process.
  2. You can view a list of the hunts by clicking on the following button:

  3. To begin the online registration process, click the "Special Hunts Application" button below.
  4. Here you will either Login to an existing account or create a new account. (Save this account information, it will be used for deer check-in, turkey check-in, future special hunts applications, etc.)
  5. Once you are logged in you will fill out the following information. The information is required to continue the process.
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Address
    • City, State, Zip Code
    • Phone Number
    • Email - this is for draw notification, if you are selected for a hunt you will receive an email with a link to print off your permit. If you are not selected you will also receive an email
    • Date of Birth - This needs to be the Date of Birth for the individual going on the hunt. Youth hunts are only for hunters sixteen years old or younger at the time of the hunt.
  6. Once you have filled out the information you must check the "Acknowledgment" box to verify that the information is correct.
  7. Once this box is checked, the "Select your choices" section(s) will appear. You are given three choices for each species that have hunts available during that season. During the first fall application period you can sign up for both Sept. - Oct. hunts as well as Nov. - Dec. hunts.
  8. To select a choice for a species click on the corresponding button "Select * Hunt Choice". * being the choice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
  9. This brings up the hunts list corresponding to the species and the season you are selecting. You can either click the corresponding "Select Hunt" button on a hunt from the list, or if you already know your hunt code, you can enter it in the Hunt Code box and click "Select Hunt".
  10. This returns you to the application and replaces the button you clicked with the hunt you selected. You will also see a checkbox located next to the hunt, labeled "Any Date". If you check this box it allows you to be in the drawing for any hunt for that location and hunt type, not just the date you selected. Giving you more of an opportunity to draw a hunt.
  11. Once you have selected all your hunts click "Select Hunts".
  12. NEW! To review or edit your current application, use the "My Information" link found on the upper right corner after login.