Big Game Seasons

Deer Management Unit Map

2022-2023 Deer Application/Purchase Deadlines
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: Application period April 1 thru April 29, 2022
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: Application period May 11 thru June 10, 2022
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit: Purchase through Dec 31, 2022
  • Resident Archery: Purchase through Dec. 31, 2022
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit: Purchase through Dec. 31, 2022
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit: Purchase through Jan 31, 2023
2022-2023 Deer Seasons
  • Youth and Disability: Sept. 3 - Sept. 11, 2022

Youth 16 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.

  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 12 - Sept. 25, 2022

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.

  • Archery: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2022
  • Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only: Oct. 8 - Oct. 10, 2022

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. Ft. Riley unit CLOSED for pre-rut season.

  • Regular Firearm: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2022
2022-2023 Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Deer Seasons
  • 1st Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 8, 2023       Units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 17
  • 2nd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 15, 2023       Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16
  • 3rd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 22, 2023       Units 10A (Ft. Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19
  • Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons: Jan. 23 - 31, 2023       (Unit DMU 19 ONLY)

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 KDWP 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.

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2022-2023 Fort Riley Deer Seasons
  • Youth & Disability: Sept. 3-11, 2022 and Oct. 8-10, 2022
  • Archery: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2022
  • Firearm: Nov. 25-27, Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, Dec. 17-23, and Dec. 26-27, 2022
  • Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization: Sept. 1-11, 2022 and Jan. 1-31, 2023
2022 Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season
  • Firearm: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2022
2022-2023 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Seasons (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)
  • Firearm: Nov. 12-13, Nov. 19-20, Nov. 24-27, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11, 2022
  • Extended Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 1- 22, 2023
  • Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 23-31, 2023

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2022-2023 Antelope Application/Purchase Deadlines
  • Firearm AND Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 10, 2022
  • Archery permits may be purchased through: Oct. 31, 2022
2022-2023Antelope Seasons
  • Archery: Sept. 24 - Oct. 2, 2022 and Oct. 15-31, 2022
  • Muzzleloader: Oct. 3-10, 2022
  • Firearm: Oct. 7-10, 2022

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. 

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2022-2023 Elk Application/Purchase Deadlines
  • Permit application deadline: June 10, 2022
  • Hunt-Own-Land Elk purchase deadline: March 15, 2023
2022-2023 Elk Seasons (OUTSIDE FT. RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-30, 20212
  • Archery: Sept. 12 - Dec. 31, 2022
  • Firearm: Aug. 1-31, Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2022 and Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2023
2022-2023 Elk Seasons (ON FORT RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader/Archery: Sept. 1-30, 2022
  • Firearm Season (for Any-Elk Permit Holders): Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2022
  • Firearm, First Segment: Oct. 1-31, 2022
  • Firearm, Second Segment: Nov. 1-30, 2022
  • Firearm, Third Segment: Dec. 1-31, 2022