Deer

Deer
CWD Notice

KDWPT is offering FREE Chronic Wasting Disease testing during the 2020-2021 deer seasons. For details, see https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Big-Game-Information/Chronic-Wasting-Disease-CWD or page 31 of the 2020-2021 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary, here https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Hunting-Regulations.

 

Two deer species thrive in Kansas: the mule deer and the white-tailed deer.

Mule deer are restricted to the western one-third of the state, primarily on the High Plains, Smoky Hills, and Red Hills regions. As you travel west to east, mule deer are less abundant, and whitetail numbers increase.

Whitetailed deer numbers have increased dramatically in the last 20 years, and they can be found virtually statewide wherever suitable habitat exists. Highest whitetail densities are in the eastern one-third of the state. Whitetails have adapted well to Kansas’ modern landscape, finding cover in natural woodlands, shelterbelts, old homesteads and grasslands, and abundant food in cropfields. The selective management program has created a healthy deer herd, with excellent potential for trophy-sized bucks in all regions.

Season Information
Current Seasons

All Deer seasons are closed.

Upcoming Seasons
Deer Season - Youth and Disability - Statewide

Dates: 09/04/2021 - 09/12/2021

Youth 17 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange is required.


Deer Season - Archery - Statewide

Dates: 09/13/2021 - 12/31/2021


Deer Season - Muzzleloader - Statewide

Dates: 09/13/2021 - 09/26/2021

The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader or archery equipment: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit, nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required


Deer Season - Pre-rut Whitetail Anterless-only - Statewide

Dates: 10/09/2021 - 10/11/2021

Any permit that allows the harvest of a white-tailed antlerless deer is valid during this season. Equipment and unit restrictions on permit imposed. Hunter orange clothing is required.

Fort Riley is CLOSED for Pre-Rut Season


Deer Season - Regular Firearm - Statewide

Dates: 12/01/2021 - 12/12/2021


Deer Extended Season - Firearms WAO (6, 8, 9, 10 and 17) - Units 6, 8, 9, 10, and 17

Dates: 01/01/2022 - 01/09/2022

January Deer Season - Extended Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only


Deer Extended Season - Firearms WAO (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16) - Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, 16

Dates: 01/01/2022 - 01/16/2022


Deer Extended Season - Firearms WAO (10A, 12, 13, 15 and 19) - Units 10A, 12, 13, 15 and 19 only

Dates: 01/01/2022 - 01/23/2022


License Information

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

RESIDENT PERMIT INFORMATION    |     NONRESIDENT PERMIT INFORMATION

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.

No hunter may purchase more than one permit that allows the harvest of an antlered deer.

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.    

 

Schedule A - Choices for General Resident Deer Permits 2021
Draw Only Permits
Resident Either Species/Either Sex Firearms Permit

APPLICATION PERIOD: May 11 - June 11, 2021

Applicants must apply online 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.

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
  • $22.50  Resident Youth  (15 and younger)

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

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

If unsuccessful in the draw, hunter receives a refund check and will be issued a preference point for a future drawing.

Preference points remain on file for 5 years from last date a point was issued or purchased. If applicant fails to make at least one application or purchase one point within five consecutive years, all earned preference points will be reset to zero.

For purchase over the counter, online or by phone.

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 and 19, including KDWPT managed public hunting areas within those units.
  • Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be issued to the same individual and are valid only in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13,  14, 15, 16, and 19 on private lands with landowner permission, Walk-In Hunting Areas, and Berentz-Dick, Elk City, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge. 

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available


2021 DEER SEASON DATES:
  • Youth and Disability Season: Sept. 4 - Sept. 12, 2021 
  • Early Muzzleloader Season: Sept. 13 - Sept. 26, 2021
  • Archery Season: Sept. 13 - Dec. 31, 2021
  • Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless Season: Oct. 9 - Oct. 11, 2021Ft Riley Unit CLOSED for pre-rut season.      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: Dec. 1 - Dec. 12, 2021
  • 1st Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - Jan. 9, 2022 in Units  6, 8, 9, 10 and 17.
  • 2nd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - Jan. 16, 2022 in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16.
  • 3rd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only:  Jan. 1 - Jan. 23, 2022 in Units 10A (Ft. Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19.
  • Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 24 - Jan. 31, 2022 in Unit 19 ONLY
 
Schedule B - Choices for Nonresident Deer Permits 2021
 
Draw Only Permits
NONRESIDENT DEER PERMIT

All non-resident deer permits are sold out. This year, KDWPT received a record number of applications and we have no leftovers. 

APPLICATION PERIOD: April 1 - April 30, 2021

Applicants must apply online or by phone, 1-800-918-2877

All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.  You will also need to purchase a nonresident hunting license, $97.50 (16 and over), $42.50 Jr. hunt license (15 and younger)

  • $117.50 Nonresident Youth White-tailed Deer Permit (youth 15 and younger and includes $27.50 nonrefundable application fee)
  • $442.50 Nonresident White-tailed Deer Permit, (16 and older and includes $27.50 nonrefundable application fee)

Bag Limit: (1) white-tailed deer - buck, doe or fawn AND (1) white-tailed antlerless deer (No additional fee required. Included with White-tailed Deer Permit)

The deadline for applying is APRIL 30, 2021.

Helpful Application Information

Hunter applies in one unit and selects one adjacent unit 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 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, 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 check and will be issued a preference point for a future drawing.

Preference points remain on file for 5 years from last date a point was issued or purchased. If applicant fails to make at least one application or purchase one point within five consecutive years, all earned preference points will be reset to zero.

For purchase over the counter, online or by phone:
  • $87.50 Nonresident Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit

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 at vendor locations or online August 3 - Dec. 31

  • $87.50 Special Hunt-Own-Land Relative Deer Permit

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 at vendor locations or online August 3 - 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 at vendor locations or online August 3 - 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 and 19, including KDWPT managed public hunting areas within those units.
  • Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be issued to the same individual and are valid only in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13,  14, 15, 16, and 19 on private lands with landowner permission, Walk-In Hunting Areas, and Berentz-Dick, Elk City, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge. 

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available

 
Schedule C - Choices for Nonresident Tenant Deer Permits

         $87.50  NR Tenant Hunt-Own-Land Deer Permit (available online or at vendor locations 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 at vendor locations or online August 3 - 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 or over the counter August 3 - 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 and 19, including KDWPT managed public hunting areas within those units.
    • Four additional antlerless whitetail permits may be issued to the same individual and are valid only in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19 on private lands with landowner permission, Walk-In Hunting Areas, and Berentz-Dick, Elk City, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge. 

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

Either Species Antlerless Only permits not available

Click here to proceed to the Deer Permit Questionnaire.

 Deer and Fall Turkey Regulations

 

MANAGEMENT UNIT

2021 RESIDENT EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX 

FIREARMS DEER PERMIT

PERMITS AUTHORIZED # of Leftover Permits
WMD (UNITS 1,2,17,18)  EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX   1397   0
       
EMD (UNITS 3,4,5,7,16) EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX    91  0
       

  Resident Either Species, Either Sex Deer Draw Stats Report

  Nonresident Deer Draw Stats Report 

All non-resident deer permits are sold out. This year, KDWPT received a record number of applications and we have no leftovers.

 

MANAGEMENT UNIT 2021 NONRESIDENT DEER PERMIT TYPE PERMITS AUTHORIZED # of Leftover Permits Date Leftover Permits Sold Out
UNIT 1 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX 764   0  
UNIT 1 MULE DEER STAMP  47  0  
UNIT 2 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  442  0  
UNIT 2 MULE DEER STAMP  36  0  
UNIT 3 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  978  0  
UNIT 3 MULE DEER STAMP  7  0  
UNIT 4 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  534  0  
UNIT 4 MULE DEER STAMP  1  0  
UNIT 5 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  712  0  
UNIT 5 MULE DEER STAMP  1  0  
UNIT 6 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  526  0  
UNIT 7 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1672  0  
UNIT 8 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1957  0  
UNIT 9 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  986  0  
UNIT 10 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1262  0  
UNIT 11 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  3296  0  
UNIT 12 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  2215  0  
UNIT 13 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  595  0  
UNIT 14 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1924  0  
UNIT 15 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1456  0  
UNIT 16 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1840  0  
UNIT 17 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  621  0  
UNIT 17 MULE DEER STAMP  54  0  
UNIT 18 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  246  0  
UNIT 18 MULE DEER STAMP  20  0  

 

Regulations
115-04-02 (PDF - 95.57 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - General provisions

115-04-04 (PDF - 93.21 kB)

Big Game - Legal Equipment and Taking Methods.

115-04-11 (PDF - 27.62 kB)

Big Game and Wild Turkey - Permit Applications.

115-04-13 (PDF - 17.72 kB)

Deer Permits - Descriptions and Restrictions.

115-16-04 (PDF - 143.07 kB)

Big Game Control Permit - Application, Requirements and Provisions.

115-18-07 (PDF - 7.95 kB)

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

115-18-08 (PDF - 9.48 kB)

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

115-25-09a (PDF - 84.65 kB)

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

115-25-9a (PDF - 9.53 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.

Research
2019-20 Kansas Deer Harvest Report (PDF - 2.03 MB)

Deer Harvest Report for 2019-20, includes estimate of harvest by age/sex/species, weapon type, hunter effort, and harvest date.

2018-19 Kansas Deer Harvest Report (PDF - 1.73 MB)

Deer Harvest Report for 2018-19, includes estimate of harvest by age/sex/species, weapon type, hunter effort, and harvest date.

2017-18 Deer Harvest Report (PDF - 2.17 MB)

Deer Harvest Report for 2017, includes estimate of harvest by age/sex/species, weapon type, hunter effort, and harvest date.

2020-21 Deer Harvesting Survey

The 2020-21 Kansas Deer Harvest Survey has been sent out and is open for responses. Deer hunters may receive an email or postcard soliciting their response. The survey period will be open through April 19, 2021. Results from this survey help direct future deer seasons and deer management in Kansas.

KDWPT utilizes Qualtrics XM Online Survey Software to implement surveys. So, the survey is not sent from a @ks.gov email account. The email will be sent by Levi Jaster from noreply@qemailserver.com, with subject line “2020-21 Kansas Deer Harvest Survey”. The email will contain the selected hunter’s KDWPT number. This number is printed on your permit. Hunters will need to enter this number during the survey.

Hunters who do not have an email address may receive a postcard in the mail. The postcard provides this link: https://tinyurl.com/2020-21KSDeerHarvestSurvey, which hunters need to type into their web browser address bar. A QR code is also provided on the postcard to provide quick access to the survey via smartphone. The postcard has the hunter’s KDWPT number. Hunters will need to enter this number during the survey.

Hunter selected may also follow this link: 2020-21 Kansas Deer Harvest Survey - Take it Now

E-Tag Holders: Hunters who used E-Tags will receive the same survey this year because this was the first year E-Tags were utilized for big game hunting. As with any new system, there are bugs to work out and by completing the same survey, you help KDWPT improve the system faster. In the future, E-Tag holders can expect to receive a shorter survey.

Hunters who have trouble completing the survey, should email "deer survey" to kdwp.surveys@ks.gov and KDWPT will reply with a direct link to the survey.

Chronic Wasting Disease

KDWPT is offering FREE Chronic Wasting Disease testing during the 2020-2021 deer seasons. For details, click "2020-2021 CWD Sampling Information" below or reference page 31 of the 2020-2021 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary, here https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Hunting-Regulations.

The first case of CWD was found in a captive bull elk in Harper County in 2001. As of 30 June 2020, CWD has been detected in 363 cervids - two captive elk and 361 wild, free-ranging deer in Deer Management Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18. These include 82 mule deer, 274 white-tailed deer, 2 captive elk, and 5 unknown deer species. Surveillance efforts began in 1996 and, to date, 27,863 cervids have been sampled and tested for CWD. Hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts can avoid the human-assisted spread of CWD by not transporting a live or dead deer or elk from areas where CWD occurs. HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE ELECTRONIC DEER CHECK-IN OR LEAVE EVIDENCE OF SEX ATTACHED TO THE CARCASS. BONE-OUT DEER, AND LEAVE CARCASSES IN THE COUNTIES WHERE DEER ARE TAKEN. MOVING CARCASSES MOVES PRIONS AND CWD TO NEW LOCATIONS! There is currently no known treatment or eradication method for CWD, so preventing the introduction of the the disease into new areas is of utmost importance to the health of local deer herds. Baiting and feeding deer tend to concentrate deer at small point on the landscape, often with the trails leading to the feeding sites resembling the wheel spokes of a bicycle. Anytime animals are concentrated at this type of "hub," the likelihood of disease transmission increases in a deer herd. More alarming, the transferring of CWD prions to healthy deer is not the only concern. Diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, foot rot, and fungal infections; and a host of detrimental parasites, including exotic lice, flukes, mange mites, lungworms, and barberpole worms are transmitted more efficiently when deer are concentrated in a small area, especially around feeding stations. Think of future generations of hunters and do your best to lower wildlife disease transmission risk.

Watch this video to learn how to extract the correct lymph nodes for CWD Testing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygoOy0gldQM

After the 2015-2016 seasons, prevalence was calculated to be between 10-20% with 95% confidence in bucks 2.5 years-old and older in the Northwest Zone. After 2019-2020 CWD surveillance, prevalence in the Northwest Zone was calculated to be 34.1 - 49.5% with 95% confidence in bucks 2.5 years-old and older. Currently, the overall trend is increasing prevalence and eastward spread.

Another major concern is the potential of CWD spreading from captive cervid farms into the wild cervid population. Once a disease gets into a wild population, it is virtually impossible eradicate. KDWPT recommends that every captive cervid operator enroll in the voluntary CWD monitoring program administered by the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division. The sooner diseases such as CWD can be detected in captives, the sooner control efforts can begin and possibly prevent disease from spreading to wild populations of the state. CWD is only one of many diseases that could go undetected in an unmonitored captive cervid herd. Bovine tuberculosis and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), for example, are serious diseases that could seriously damage not only populations of deer and an annual 350 million-dollar hunting economy, but could also threaten the 6 billion-dollar Kansas cattle industry via quarantines, loss of accreditation, and loss of global export.

IMPORTANT: Help Control the Spread of CWD and CWD Prions in Kansas!!

1. Use Electronic Deer Check-In or Leave Evidence of Sex Attached to the Carcass.

2. Remove the musculature (deboning) from the carcass and leave the carcass at the kill site. Make sure to complete Step 1 first.

3. If at all possible, do not transport a carcass from counties known to have CWD (see map above) to other counties. Use electronic deer check-in: https://programs.ksoutdoors.com/Programs/Electronic-Deer-Check-in

4. If you have to transport a whole carcass away from the kill site, take or send the deboned carcass, spinal column and head to your county landfill for disposal, once you have deboned the carcass at your place of processing. Don't carelessly discard this material where other deer and scavengers can contact it. Careless discarding of a cervid skeleton could potentially start a CWD hotspot in your area.

5. Keep the permit with the meat.

For more information about CWD, visit the CWD Alliance website at http://cwd-info.org/.

CWD Regulations for Kansas and Other States

Click HERE for information concerning CWD Regulations for Resident and Non-Resident Hunters

Links to more information about Chronic Wasting Disease:

National Wildlife Health Center (USGS) has links to current research and popular articles such as “The Quiet Spread of CWD” which appeared in Field & Stream.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about CWD and humans.

Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance has links to state regulations regarding CWD carcass

American Veterinary Medical Association has information about precautions hunters and anyone who spends time outdoors should take to protect themselves from potential risks.

Draw and Quota Stats

 

MANAGEMENT UNIT

2021 RESIDENT EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX 

FIREARMS DEER PERMIT

PERMITS AUTHORIZED # of Leftover Permits
WMD (UNITS 1,2,17,18)  EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX   1397   0
       
EMD (UNITS 3,4,5,7,16) EITHER SPECIES, EITHER SEX    91  0
       

  Resident Either Species, Either Sex Deer Draw Stats Report

  Nonresident Deer Draw Stats Report 

All non-resident deer permits are sold out. This year, KDWPT received a record number of applications and we have no leftovers.

 

MANAGEMENT UNIT 2021 NONRESIDENT DEER PERMIT TYPE PERMITS AUTHORIZED # of Leftover Permits Date Leftover Permits Sold Out
UNIT 1 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX 764   0  
UNIT 1 MULE DEER STAMP  47  0  
UNIT 2 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  442  0  
UNIT 2 MULE DEER STAMP  36  0  
UNIT 3 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  978  0  
UNIT 3 MULE DEER STAMP  7  0  
UNIT 4 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  534  0  
UNIT 4 MULE DEER STAMP  1  0  
UNIT 5 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  712  0  
UNIT 5 MULE DEER STAMP  1  0  
UNIT 6 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  526  0  
UNIT 7 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1672  0  
UNIT 8 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1957  0  
UNIT 9 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  986  0  
UNIT 10 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1262  0  
UNIT 11 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  3296  0  
UNIT 12 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  2215  0  
UNIT 13 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  595  0  
UNIT 14 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1924  0  
UNIT 15 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1456  0  
UNIT 16 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  1840  0  
UNIT 17 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  621  0  
UNIT 17 MULE DEER STAMP  54  0  
UNIT 18 WHITETAIL EITHER SEX  246  0  
UNIT 18 MULE DEER STAMP  20  0  

 

Management Unit Maps

Kansas Deer Management Unit Maps. NOTE: Unit 10A is Fort Leavenworth and is open to active and retired military staff only.

Unit 19 Deer Management Map

Either Species - Either Sex Deer Zones

Antlerless White-Tailed Unit Map

Special Extended Seasons Deer Management Map

 

E-Tagging

Hunters who choose e-tags will keep the big game permit and e-tag on their mobile device.

To validate an e-tag when an animal is killed, open the “HuntFish KS” mobile app and record the date and time of kill and enter a photograph of the entire carcass with sufficient clarity to display the species and whether it is antlered or antlerless.

Once the data and photo are submitted, a confirmation number will be displayed within the app and must be kept on the mobile device during transport and retained by the hunter until the meat is consumed, given to another or otherwise disposed of.

An e-tag confirmation number will work the same as electronic registration for a hunter wanting to bone out an animal taken with antlerless-only permit and transport only meat.

To download the HuntFish KS mobile to your Android device, visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aspiraconnect.hf.ks 

To download the HuntFish KS mobile to your Apple/iOS device, visit: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/huntfish-ks/id1456586235?ls=1

Click HERE to view a PDF of all available big game tagging methods in Kansas.

 
Field Dressing a Deer
Trophy Award Program
  • Certificates are issued for racks or horns taken in Kansas which meet minimum scores as listed below. Hunter must possess a valid permit and trophy must have been taken by legal means during the legal open season. 
  • Scoring must be made by a certified Pope & Young, Boone & Crockett or Kansas measurer after a 60 day waiting period. Those scoring in the Kansas top 20 must be verified by a certified Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett measure.
  • To keep records consistent with national lists, any scores listed with Boone & Crockett or Pope and Young Club's will be included in state records.
  • The Chief of the Information and Education Section retains the right to reject any applications submitted to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
  • Any rack that has been altered will automatically be disqualified.

Trophy Big Game Application

Other Trophy Links

   Archery  Firearms
Whitetail, Typical 115 135
Whitetail, Non-Typical 120 150
Mule, Typical 135 150
Mule, Non-Typical 150 185
Antelope 50 70
Elk, Typical 220 300
Elk, Non-Typical 280 320
Kansas Top 20 Deer Records

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

* Harvest by muzzleloader

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Lee Odle, Stockton, KS 260 6/8 1965 Rooks
Lance Randolph, Jennings, KS 258 6/8 1996 Decatur
*Henry Morrow, Dighton, KS 247 6/8 2010 Lane
Bill Bussen, Norton, KS 240 6/8 1996 Norton
Thad J. Douthit, St. Francis, KS 239 7/8 1965 Cheyenne
Rudolph A. Busen, Hutchinson, KS 239 0/8 1993 Wallace
Tyler Remington, Gove, KS 234 7/8 2003 Gove
Mike Kershner, Scott City, KS 232 6/8 1999 Scott
*Justin Hogan, Densmore, KS 231 3/8 2007 Norton
*Justin Hogan, Densmore, KS 230 7/8 2010 Norton
David Sutherland, Le Roy, KS 230 6/8 2000 Decatur
David L. Nelsen, Bird City KS 230 4/8 2007 Cheyenne
*Roger Schieb, Liberal, KS 230 1/8 1993 Lane
Herman Lang, Garden City, KS 229 7/8 1969 Finney
Brent Rueb, St. Francis, KS 229 7/8 1989 Cheyenne
Kenton Ray, Lake City, KS 229 5/8 1981 Barber
Mickey Miller, Norton, KS 225 6/8 2007 Decatur
Richard Quinn, Smith Center, KS 225 1/8 1989 Smith
Jeff Braun, Victoria, KS 223 2/8 1996 Logan
Terry L. Spresser, Hoxie, KS 222 2/8 1984 Sheridan

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

* Harvest by muzzleloader

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Bryan Morehead, Greensburg, KS 202 2/8 1999 Kiowa
Chris Unrein, Wichita, KS 190 7/8 2003 Trego
Robert Yost, Russell, KS 190 4/8 1984 Russell
Teresa Bird, Selden, KS 190 2/8 2010 Decatur
Ray Clasen, Wichita, KS 189 5/8 1995 Norton
David Spencer,Winona, KS 189 5/8 2000 Greeley
Marvin Dechant, Ness City, KS 188 5/8 1986 Lane
Kevin Isaac, Goodland, KS 188 3/8 1994 Sherman
*Mark H. Myers, Levelland, TX 188 2/8 1999 Graham
Robert Zimbelman, St. Francis, KS 188 0/8 1994 Cheyenne
*Rodney Lindsten, Kanorado, KS 187 5/8 1996 Sherman
Edward Karnes, Studley 187 4/8 1965 Sheridan
Navene Rains, Sharon Spgs, KS 187 0/8 1996 Wallace
*Tony J. Haffner, Hoxie, KS 185 6/8 1994 Sheridan
Wanda Worcester, Hill City, KS 185 5/8 2001 Graham
Dan Jackson, Coldwater, KS 185 3/8 1989 Comanche
*Kurt Rhoden, Platte City, MO 184 5/8 2005 Finney
Randy Ashley, Wichita, KS 184 4/8 2001 Wallace
Jace Cates, Salina, KS 184 3/8 2000 Smith
Fred Gilbert, Colby, KS 184 2/8 1966 Rawlins

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Dean Hamilton, Healy, KS 269 0/8 1989 Lane
David Bainter, Clayton, KS 245 7/8 1993 Decatur
Gary Keller, Oakley, KS 238 0/8 1995 Thomas
Matthew Palmquist, Grainfield, KS 237 7/8 2006 Gove
Matthew Palmquist, Grainfield, KS 237 2/8 2009 Gove
David Bainter, Clayton, KS 234 3/8 1997 Norton
George Tubbs, Colby, KS 230 1/8 2011 Thomas
Stacy Hoeme, Scott City, KS 226 2/8 1992 Wichita
Robert W. Brock, Goodland, KS 224 6/8 1974 Sherman
Dean Hamilton, Healy, KS 222 6/8 1990 Lane
Perry Smith, Wamego, KS 221 5/8 1990 Barber
Michal J. Shull, Dighton, KS 220 7/8 1986 Gove
Robert Wait, Collyer, KS 219 6/8 1993 Trego
Kevin J. Ryan, Colby, KS 218 5/8 1994 Thomas
Danny Fenton, Bucklin, KS 215 7/8 1988 Clark
David Rall, Hoxie, KS 214 2/8 1999 Sheridan
Edward Stewart, Scott City, KS 213 5/8 1993 Scott
Kent E. Davis, Meade, KS 212 2/8 1986 Meade
Ralph Stum, Ness City, KS 211 6/8 1966 Ness
Jerry Skellenger, Sterling, KS 209 4/8 1978 Rice

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Carl Ghan, Jr., Scott City, KS 202 6/8 1992 Gove
Stacy Hoeme, Scott City, KS 199 4/8 2001 Logan
Matt Park Oakley, KS 193 1/8 1997 Rawlins
Jason Evans, Bucklin, KS  190 5/8 2019 Hamilton 
Quinten Wheeler, Scott City, KS 190 3/8 2016 Scott
Kendall Helten, St. Francis, KS 190 0/8 2000 Cheyenne
John Hardman, Lenora, KS 187 7/8 1996 Graham
Thad Rash, Syracuse, KS 186 4/8 1996 Hamilton
Pete Killman, Almena, KS 185 0/8 1993 Norton
Joe Stuchlik, Hill City, KS 184 0/8 1999 Graham
Brady Wheeler, El Reno, OK 183 3/8 2014  Gove 
Phil Kirkland, Hill City, KS 182 2/8 1988 Graham
Steve R. Ashenfelter, Camp Verde, TX 181 4/8 2011 Sherman
Matthew D. Kirchner, Olathe, KS 181 3/8 2015 Cheyenne
David F. Meyers, Deerfield, KS 181 2/8 2016 Logan
Rodney Lindsten, Kanorado, KS 180 7/8 2008 Cheyenne
Bruce Ferguson, Brewster, KS 180 4/8 2011 Rawlins
David Meyers, Deerfield, KS 179 7/8 1987 Finney
Mike Driscoll, Jetmore, KS 179 6/8 1992 Hodgeman
Kevin M. Rooney, Topeka KS 179 6/8 2011 Trego

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

* Harvest by muzzleloader

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Dennis P. Finger, Netawaka, KS  198 2/8 1974 Nemaha
William Mikijanis, McLouth, KS 194 7/8 1985 Leavenworth
David L'Ecuyer, Tonganoxie, KS 193 1/8 2016 Douglas
Samuel L. Schuetz, Hiawatha, KS 191 6/8 2006 Brown
Michael A. Young, Cedarvale, KS 191 4/8 1973 Chautauqua
Jamie Fowler, Emporia, KS 190 7/8 1992 Lyon
John M. Nylund, Scandia, KS 190 3/8 1995 Republic
Frederick Mog, Wilson, KS 189 7/8 1994 Ellsworth
Ron Wolford, Junction City, KS 189 5/8 2002 Geary
Milton Wellbrock, Victoria, KS 189 0/8 1968 Russell
Robert E. Luke, Riley, KS 188 4/8 1984 Riley
Armand Hillier, Augusta, KS 188 2/8 1996 Cowley
Mark L. Heinen, Basehor, KS 188 1/8 2003 Nemaha
Larry Schrick, Easton, KS 187 4/8 1987 Jefferson
Jack Swenson, Junction City, KS 187 0/8 1997 Geary
Keith Cook, Haddam, KS 186 4/8 1984 Washington
Garold D. Miller, Delavan, KS 186 3/8 1969 Morris
Judah S. Hyland, Wilson, KS 186 3/8 2007 Wilson
Mike Denney, Cheney, KS 186 1/8 1991 Reno
Robert L. Tulley, 185 5/8 1988 Riley

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

*Harvest by muzzleloader

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Joseph Waters, Topeka, KS 280 4/8 1987 Shawnee
Mark Watson, Horton, KS  280 0/8 2018 Brown
Chris Theis, Shawnee, KS 279 1/8 1992 Leavenworth
Gerald E. Rightmyer, Brockport, NY 272 2/8 2006 Morris
John O. Band, Courtland, KS 258 6/8 1965 Republic
Jamie Remmers, Marion, KS 257 1/8 1997 Marion
Theron E. Wilson, Beloit, KS 251 1/8 1974 Mitchell
Douglas Alexander Lewis, Brooks, GA 247 6/8 2016 Wabaunsee
John Payne, N. Huntington, PA 245 0/8 2003 Washington
Chad Christie, Baldwin City, KS 242 0/8 2008 Douglas
*Scott W. Carlson, Atwood, KS 241 3/8 2011 Rawlins
James Livingston, Junction City, KS 240 2/8 2007 Geary
Don Roberts, Emporia, KS 239 0/8 1987 Lyon
Cade Hays, Smolan, KS 238 6/8 2013  Saline 
Lucas Cochren, Whiting, KS 238 4/8 2011 Jackson
Terry Mayle, Grafton, WV 237 0/8 1994 Douglas
Troy Henderson, Salina, KS 235 7/8 2009 Salina
Randy Clarke, Yates Center, KS 233 2/8 2004 Woodson
Jim Larcom, Eureka, KS 229 6/8 1991 Butler
Merle Cleve Beckman, Mound City, KS 229 2/8 1984 Linn

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Dale Larson, Olsburg, KS 264 1/8 1998 Pottawatomie
Kenneth B. Fowler, Buhler, KS 257 0/8 1988 Reno
Ronald H. Ewert Jr. 255 5/8 2004 Leavenworth
Kenneth R. Cartright 250 6/8 1994 Miami
Clifford G. Pickell, Wichita, KS 249 6/8 1968 Greenwood
Richard Stahl, Garnett, KS 246 3/8 1992 Anderson
Douglas A. Siebert 245 4/8 1988 Chase
Brent Bracken, Duncan, OK 244 7/8 2013 Republic
Douglas Siebert, Emporia, KS 244 1/8 1988 Chase
Douglas Whitcomb 240 0/8 1987 Allen
Brian Griffin, Wamego, KS 238 4/8 2016 Riley
Kevin Wright, Plains, KS 238 0/8 1994 Meade
Gilbert Boss, Cherryvale, KS 237 5/8 1986 Wilson
Toby R. Conrad, Mound City, KS  237 4/8 2004 Linn
Gregg D. Romine, Osage City, KS  237 2/8 2017 Osage
Darren Jenson  237 1/8 2008 Jackson
Mike Houck, Milford, KS  235 4/8 2018 McPherson
Randy Young, Mulvane, KS  233 7/8 1989 Greenwood
Royce E. Frazier, Haviland, KS  232 7/8 1987 Kiowa
Jason Passmore, Council Grove, KS   232 0/8 2018 Chase

KANSAS TOP 20 DEER RECORDS

Name Score Year Co. of Harvest
Brad Henry, Topeka, KS 193 7/8 2001 Wabaunsee
Keith Manca 193 2/8 2007 Harper
Stephen Weilert, Humboldt, KS 193 2/8 1994 Woodson
Robin Austin, Stafford, KS 188 6/8 2002 Stafford
Jerry DeFoor, Olsburg, KS 188 5/8 1998 Pottawatomie
Gary Freeman,Chanute, KS 187 7/8 1995 Neosho
Jeff Edwards, Batesville, AR 187 6/8 2010 Coffey
Paula Wiggers, Halstead, KS 187 5/8 2005 Harvey
Doug Selbe, Emmett, KS 187 2/8 1995 Nemaha
Steve Edwards 186 3/8 2001 Franklin County
Greg Hill, Caldwell, KS 186 1/8 1988 Sumner
Craig Johnson 186 1/8 1991 Morris
Jeff Severson 185 3/8 2011 Clay
Jamie Farr, Junction City, KS 185 0/8 2008 Geary
Heith Konecny, Dodge City, KS 185 0/8 2009 Meade
Tyran Hartter, Sabetha, KS 184 6/8 2015 Brown
Ben Knowles 184 4/8 2012 Trego
Roger Seematter, Marysville, KS 184 1/8 1994 Marshall
Jeffrey W. Severson 184 0/8 2004 Clay
Tony Ifland, Cedar, KS 184 0/8 2016 Smith