Special Hunts Information

Fall '19/Winter '20 Special Hunts are NOW posted 

1st DRAW - Application Deadline for hunts beginning in Sept. or Oct. will be Monday, Aug 5, 2019.

2nd DRAW - Appl. Deadline for hunts beginning in Nov., Dec., Jan. & Feb. will be Mon., Sept. 23, 2019.

 BECAUSE OF FLOODING AT MANY PROPERTIES, the number of Special Hunts offered is reduced.

- New hunt opportunities may be posted throughout the application periods so check this page often for updates.


- July 21:  Milford State Park - Hunt #733723; 4 Open Archery Permits; Sept. 16 - Dec. 31.

- July 17: Cross Timbers State Park - 3 Month-long Open Archery Deer Hunts - Hunts #733010, #733011, #733012.

- July 17: Fall River State Park - 3 Month-long Open Archery Deer Hunts - Hunts #733013, #733014, #733016.

- July 7: Meade State Park - 2 Open Furbearer (trapping) permits - Hunt #730706, Nov. 14 - Feb. 15, 2020


For the Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 season, there are currently 360 Special Hunts offered with 659 total permits (some hunts offer more than 1 permit).

Hunts are located on 19 wildlife areas, 6 state parks, 4 private county lands, 4 state fishing lakes, 4 city and county parks, 1 national wildlife refuge and 1 Corps of Engineers reservoir.

There are 152 Deer Hunts, 112 Waterfowl, 32 Whitetail Antlerless, 52 Upland, 6 Dove, 4 Fall Turkey and 2 Furbearer.

For Last Year's (Fall '18/Winter'19) Drawing Statistics Click Here

- Special deer hunts DO NOT include permits or tags; Special hunts only provide access to properties. All necessary 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 (check the deer management unit on your permit to match the special hunt).

- For more information, e-mail staff at: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com.

2019 Spring Turkey Special Hunts
63 Spring Turkey Special Hunts were offered with 139 Total Permits available (some hunts offer more than 1 permit).
There were 28 Youth Hunts, 1 Disabled, 9 Mentor, and 25 Open Hunts.
There were 7 Leftover hunts after the drawing: 5 Youth and 2 Mentor hunts. 
The Application Deadline was 9:00am on Monday, March 4, 2019.

RESULTS - 2018 Spring Turkey Hunts  Draw Statistics are available HERE

  - There were 73 spring turkey hunts with 154 individual permits

  - There were 6 leftover permits (3 Youth and 3 Youth/Mentor Hunts) after the drawing.

  - There were 28 open hunts, 19 mentor hunts and 26 youth hunts

  - There were 538 applications

  - There were applicants from 20 states

2018 Fall / Winter Special Hunts
DRAW #1 (hunts beginning in Sept. & Oct.) is Complete 

1ST DRAW Application deadline was 9 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2018. 

- Draw #1: There were 136 total Hunts with 319 available permits.  There were 2,204 unsuccessful applicants (all choices).  There were 9 leftover permits after the drawing. 

DRAW #2 (hunts beginning in Nov., Dec. & Jan.) is Complete 

2ND DRAW Application deadline was 9 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2018.

- Draw #2: There were 351 total Hunts with 523 available permits.  There were 2,379 first choice applicants.  There were 16 leftover permits after the drawing. 


There were 487 total hunts with 842 available permits. Hunts were located on 23 wildlife areas, 7 state parks, 6 private county lands, 4 state fishing lakes, 4 city and county parks, 1 national wildlife refuge and 1 Corps of Engineers reservoir.

- Please do not call for results. Send an e-mail to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com


LEFTOVER HUNTS ARE POSTED after the drawings are complete and all notifications have been sent. Leftovers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Leftover hunts may change if there are cancellations.


Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 SPECIAL HUNT YEAR

- Draw #1 (Hunts beginning in Sept. & Oct.):  1538 applications for 395 permits (124 hunts)

- Draw #2 (Hunts beginning in Nov., Dec. & Jan.):  2,312 applications for 512 permits (351 hunts)





Special hunts are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's "Recruitment and Retention" efforts. These hunts are conducted on department lands, including state parks, wildlife areas, and refuges. The hunts also occur on Walk-in Hunting Access areas (WIHA), 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 properties; Licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and Hunter Education are required, unless exempt. 

- For more information, e-mail staff at: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com.

E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT to "successful" and "unsuccessful" applicants. Make sure you have a VALID e-mail address on file, and check all security settings, and "junk" and "spam" folders.

If you wish to revise your application or change your password:

  • Click on "Special Hunts Application" or "View Special Hunts List"
  • Use your username and password to log in
  • A new page will open; Select "My Information" in the upper right-hand corner
  • Make any necessary changes to your special hunt selections or password

Instructions to Apply for a Special Hunt

Before beginning the application process, please read the following file explaining age restrictions, hunt type definitions and the application process.

You can view application instructions and information for 2019 Spring Hunts


You can view a list of the hunts by clicking on the following button:

To begin the online registration process, click the "Special Hunts Application" button below.

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.)

Once you are logged in you will fill out the following information. The information is required to continue the process.

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Address
  4. City, State, Zip Code
  5. Phone Number
  6. 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
  7. 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.

Once you have filled out the information you must check the "Acknowledgment" box to verify that the information is correct.

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.

To select a choice for a species click on the corresponding button "Select * Hunt Choice". * being the choice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

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".

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.

Once you have selected all your hunts click "Select Hunts".

NEW! To review or edit your current application, use the "My Information" link found on the upper right corner after login.