Special Hunts Information

Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 Special Hunts
NEW this year:
DRAW #3 - Dec. 13, 2021 (Monday, 9:00am) - Hunts beginning Jan. or Feb.
 Applications for Draw #3 may still be submitted until deadline.

 - All Notifications (Success and Unsucc) for Draw #1 & #2 Hunts have been sen.

- Draw #2, There were 1,568 Applications from 28 States for 215 Hunts (304 Permits)

APPLICATION DEADLINES:   

NEW this year: DRAW #3 - Dec. 13, 2021 (Monday, 9:00am) = Hunts that begin in Jan. or Feb.

DRAW #1 - Ended August 9, 2021 (9:00am) = Hunts that begin in Sept. or Oct.

DRAW #2 - Ended September 27, 2021 (9:00am) = Hunts that begin in Nov. or Dec.

Interested persons may apply for hunts in each drawing. Applicants may review or revise their current application by using the "My Information" link found on the upper right corner after login (See application instructions below.



LEFTOVER HUNTS ARE NOW POSTED - CHECK THEM OUT.

THERE ARE SOME GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE (Most are Youth Hunts)

Leftovers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to change due to cancellations.

 

To request a leftover hunt, please email the Hunt #, Your Name, Complete Address, Phone Number, Email, and Date of Birth to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

HUNTS ADDED (after initial posting

- Hunts #100243, ...244 - Wolf Creek: Youth Duck/Goose Hunts.

DELETED HUNTS

 - ALL DUCK/GOOSE HUNTS AT PRAIRIE DOG STATE PARK HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.  If you already applied for 1 of the listed hunts, please revise your application.


BECAUSE OF LIMITED STAFF - Please do not call. 

Email if you have questions. specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com


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)

ABOUT THE KANSAS SPECIAL HUNTS PROGRAM

Special hunts are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's "Recruitment, Retention and Re-Activation (R3)" efforts. These hunts are conducted on lands not normally open to un-restricted hunting and include 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.



ALL FALL 2021 & WINTER 2022 SPECIAL HUNTS

NEW this year: A 3rd drawing for hunts beginning in January and February 2022 was added this year to allow interested persons more time to apply and a have a drawing closer to the time of the hunts.

There are CURRENTLY:

400 Special Hunts Posted.  MORE hunts may be added later.

749 Individual Hunt Permits Available (some hunts offer more than 1 permit).

 - There are 160 Deer Hunts (2 Disability, 30 Mentor, 75 Open and 53 Youth).

 - There are 9 Dove Hunts (2 Mentor and 7 Open).

 - There are 104 Duck/Goose Hunts (28 Mentor, 56 Open, 20 Youth).

 - There are 2 Open Furbearer Hunts.

 - There are 3 Fall Turkey Hunts (1 Mentor, 1 Open and 1 Youth).

 - There are 85 Upland Hunts (11 Mentor, 71 Open and 3 Youth).

 - There are 37 Whitetail Antlerless Only Hunts (11 Mentor, 18 Open and 8 Youth).

 Hunts are being offered on 21 Wildlife Areas, 6 State Parks, 3 State Fishing Lakes, 2 Private Lands, 3 County owned properties, 2 National Wildlife Refuges, and 1 Corps of Engineers Lake. Special Hunts occur on areas not open to unlimited hunting.

Instructions and Information for 2021 Fall/Winter Special Hunts can be seen HERE

Statistics from the 2020 Fall/Winter Drawings can be seen HERE


Some hunts on private county lands are now in the iWIHA program:

https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Hunting-Programs/iWIHA-Limited-Access-Hunts


LAST YEAR (Fall 2020/Winter 2021)

- There were 419 Total Hunts Offered for the 2020 Fall/Winter Season

- There were 729 Total Permits Available (some hunts offer more than 1 permit)

- The hunts occured on 21 Wildlife Areas, 6 State Parks, 4 State Fishing Lakes, 4 Private Lands, 3 County owned properties, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 1 Corps of Engineers Lake. Special Hunts occur on areas not open to unlimited hunting.

- There were 177 Deer, 35 WT Antlerless, 106 Duck/Goose, 86 Upland, 9 Dove, 4 Turkey and 2 Furbearer hunts offered. A spreadsheet of all hunts by Species, Hunt Type, & Weapon can be seen HERE  


Instructions to Apply for a Special Hunt

- To apply for Youth Hunts with maximum age requirements, you must apply with the youth's name and date of birth.

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 2021 Fall/Winter Hunts HERE

You can view a list of the hunts by clicking on the "View Special Hunts List" button above.

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 September - October hunts as well as November - December 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".

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

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

- 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)

- To apply for Youth Hunts with maximum age requirements, you must apply with the youth's name and date of birth.

E-mail notifications will be sent to "successful" and "unsuccessful" applicants WITHIN A FEW DAYS of the drawing. Make sure you have a VALID e-mail address on file.


LEFTOVERS  Any Leftover Hunts will be posted after Drawings are complete.

Leftovers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to change due to cancellations.

 

To request a leftover hunt, please email the Hunt #, Your Name, Complete Address, Phone Number, Email, and Date of Birth to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Information from 2021 Spring Turkey Hunts
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 ALL Email Notifications have been sent.

Application Period ended 9:00am, March 8, 2021

There were 30 Hunts with 93 individual permits available this spring.

There were 15 Youth, 6 Mentor, and 9 Open Hunts.

There were 366 applications from 15 States for the 93 individual permits.

Hunts were located on 5 Wildlife Areas (Buck Creek, Cedar Bluff, Grand Osage, KS River, Noe), Clinton Lake (Corps of Engineers), Milford Fish Hatchery, The Prairie Center, Marais Des Cygnes Natl Wildlife Refuge, and Wilson County.