Special Hunts Information

NEW:  Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 Special Hunts
Fall/Winter Special Hunts will be posted at this site
              On Saturday July 10, 2021

 - The application period also begins at this time.


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

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

BECAUSE OF LIMITED STAFF - Please do not call. 

Email if you have questions. specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com



Spring 2021 Special Turkey Hunts

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 are 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.


Information from 2020 Spring Turkey Hunts
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- There were 35 Spring Turkey Hunts with 105 individual permits (some hunts have more than 1 permit).

- There were 312 Applicants from 15 states.

- There were 6 Mentor, 9 Open and 20 Youth Hunts.

- Hunts were on 6 Wildlife Areas, 1 State Park, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Corps of Engineers Area, 1 Fish Hatchery and 3 County Properties.

Statistics from the 2020 Spring Turkey Hunts Drawing are available HERE.

 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


Antlerless Deer Hunting Opportunities were available in a special drawing this year.

  • Depending on Deer Mgt. Unit, these Hunts were between January 1 and 24, 2021.

Deadline to apply WAS December 21, 2020

ALL Notifications (Successful & Unsuccessful) Have Been Sent.

- If you do not get an email, Be sure to check your Spam folder and computer security settings.

- If you did not get an email, please send your application confirmation and any other information to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com.

Draw #2 Results:  2,472 applicantions (1,430 individual hunters) from 30 states for the 314 available hunts with 446 individual permits (some hunts offer more than 1 permit).  

Application Deadlines - Draw #2: Hunts Beginning in November, December, January, or February was 9:00am, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

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- Draw #1: Hunts Beginning in September or October was 9:00am, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. All notifications have been sent.

- 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.

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

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

- The hunts will occur 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 are 177 Deer, 35 WT Antlerless, 106 Duck/Goose, 86 Upland, 9 Dove, 4 Turkey and 2 Furbearer hunts offered this year. A spreadsheet of all hunts by Species, Hunt Type, & Weapon can be seen 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)

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

Instructions and Information for 2020 Fall/Winter Special Hunts can be seen HERE

Statistics from the 2019 Fall/Winter Drawings can be seen HERE

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 2020 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".

NEW! 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

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


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.

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