Sportsmen's Calendar

The following is a list of all hunting seasons


All Seasons



New (Effective 2020)
  • Bag limits in Units 3, 5, and 6 (Northeast, Southcentral, and Southeast) have been reduced from two turkeys to one turkey. This change is effective beginning with the spring 2020 season.
  • Game tags – which allow the take of a second turkey – will not be valid in Units 3, 5, and 6. This change is effective beginning with the spring 2020 season.
  • The fall season has been reduced to 41 days in all open units. The 2020 fall season will run Oct. 1-Nov. 10, 2020. Unit 4 remains closed to fall hunting.

For details, view the full news release here: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/12-4-19-KDWPT-Working-to-Combat-Declining-Turkey-Numbers/KDWPT-Working-to-Combat-Declining-Turkey-Numbers

2021 Spring Turkey

Youth/Disabled Season: April 1-13, 2021 (Open to youth age 16 and younger and anyone with a disability as defined in K.S.A. 8-1, 124); Legal Equipment: archery equipment and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.

Archery-Only Season: April 5-13, 2021; Legal Equipment: long, recurve, compound bows and crossbows.

Regular Season: April 14 - May 31, 2021; Legal Equipment: archery equipment and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.

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

Limit: Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is eligible for one second turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 1 and 2.



HUNTING & TRAPPING

NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping, and running seasons begin at 12:01 on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.

Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.

Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 13, 2024 - Feb. 15, 2025 Limit: No limit.

BEAVER AND OTTER TRAPPING

Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 13, 2024 - March 31, 2025

Otter Management Unit Map

NO OPEN TRAPPING OR HUNTING SEASON ON ANY OTHER FURBEARERS

RUNNING

  • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
  • Season Dates (statewide): March 1-Nov. 8
  • Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.

 COYOTES HUNTING & TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): All year
  • Possession Limit: No limit.

No closed season for trapping or hunting coyotes. Motor vehicles and radios in vehicles may be used to hunt coyotes only. Furharvester license required to trap and sell; hunting license required to hunt.



Deer Management Unit Map

2024-2025 Deer Application/Purchase Deadlines

Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: Application period April 1 thru April 26, 2024

Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: Application period May 14 thru June 14, 2024

Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit: Purchase through Dec 31, 2024

Resident Archery: Purchase through Dec. 31, 2024

Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit: Purchase through Dec. 31, 2024

Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit: Purchase through Jan 31, 2025

2024-2025 Deer Seasons  (PROPOSED)

Youth and Disability: Sept. 7 - Sept. 15, 2024

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.

Muzzleloader: Sept. 16 - Sept. 29, 2024

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. 16 - Dec. 31, 2024

Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only: Oct. 12 - Oct. 14, 2024

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

Regular Firearm: Dec. 4 - Dec. 15, 2024

2024-2025 Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only (Whitetail Antlerless Only) Deer Seasons  (PROPOSED)

1st Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 5, 2025       Units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 17

2nd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 12, 2025      Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16

3rd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 19, 2025       Units 10A (Ft. Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons: Jan. 20 - 31, 2025  (Unit DMU 19 ONLY)

The first Whitetail Antlerless Only permit purchased is valid statewide except DMU 18, including all public lands and WIHA. Up to four additional Whitetail Antlerless Only permits may be purchased and are valid in the units shaded on this map on private land with permission, WIHA and the public wildlife areas designated with stars (Elk City, Berentz-Dick.)

Any unfilled 2024 deer permit valid in units open may be used during the extended whitetail antlerless-only seasons. Resident Either-species/Either-sex permits valid for the East or West zones are valid for an antlerless white-tailed deer only in units listed on the permit.

Any legal equipment may be used to take a white-tailed deer without a visible antler plainly protruding from its skull during the extended season. A valid Kansas hunting license is required, unless exempt by Kansas law. Hunter orange clothing is required.

NO ANTLERLESS WHITETAIL PERMITS VALID IN UNIT 18.

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
2024-2025 Fort Riley Deer Seasons  (PROPOSED)

Youth & Disability: Sept. 7-15, 2024

Archery: Sept. 16 - Dec. 31, 2024

Muzzleloader: Sept 16 - Sept 29, 2024

Firearm: Dec. 14-22, 2024

Pre-Rut Whitetail Antlerless Only Firearm: Nov. 29 - Dec 1, 2024

1st Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 5, 2025       Units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 17

2nd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 12, 2025      Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16

3rd Extended Whitetail Antlerless Only: Jan. 1 - 19, 2025       Units 10A (Ft. Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons: Jan. 20 - 31, 2025  (Unit DMU 19 ONLY)

2024 Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season  (PROPOSED)

Firearm: Dec. 4 - Dec. 15, 2024

2024-2025 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Seasons (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)  (PROPOSED)

Firearm: Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24, Nov.28 - Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, 2024

Extended Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 1- 19, 2025

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 20-31, 2025

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2024 Antelope Application/Purchase Deadlines

Firearm AND Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 14, 2024

Archery permits may be purchased through: Oct. 1, 2024

2024 Antelope Seasons  (PROPOSED)

Archery: Sept. 21 - Oct. 29, 2024

Muzzleloader: Sept. 30 - Oct 7, 2024

Firearm: Oct. 4-7, 2024

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

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2024-2025 Elk Application/Purchase Deadlines

Permit application deadline: June 14, 2024

Hunt-Own-Land Elk purchase deadline: March 15, 2024

2024 Elk Seasons (OUTSIDE FT. RILEY)

Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-30, 2024

Archery: Sept. 16 - Dec. 31, 2024

Firearm: Aug. 1-31, Dec. 4 - Dec. 15, 2024 and Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2025

2024 Elk Seasons (ON FORT RILEY)

Muzzleloader/Archery: Sept. 1-30, 2024

Firearm Season (for Any-Elk Permit Holders): Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2024

Firearm, First Segment: Oct. 1-31, 2024

Firearm, Second Segment: Nov. 1-30, 2024

Firearm, Third Segment: Dec. 1-31, 2024



MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: 09/01/2023 - 11/29/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 15 (The daily bag limit applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination.
  • Possession limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

EXOTIC DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

  • Season: 01/01/2023 - 12/31/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves during the migratory dove season must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport.

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: 09/01/2023 - 11/09/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: 09/01/2023 - 12/16/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: 10/14/2023 - 11/27/2023
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: 09/21/2023 - 09/29/2024
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: 09/14/2024 - 09/29/2024
  • Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6 teal (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)  
  • Possession limit: 18 teal in possession (any combination of teal: blue-winged, green-winged or cinnamon teal)
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season: 10/12/2024 - 01/05/2025 and 01/17/2025 - 01/26/2025
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: 10/12/2024 - 12/08/2024 and 12/21/2024 - 01/05/2025
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: 10/26/2024 - 12/29/2024 and 01/18/2025 - 01/26/2025
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: 11/09/2024 - 01/05/2025 and 01/11/2025 - 01/26/2025
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (Limit Info)
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCK LIMITS

6 ducks, any combination of six ducks and/or mergansers which may include no more than five mallards (only two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, two canvasbacks, one scaup and one pintail.

MERGANSERS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
  • Possession Limit: 15
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

COOTS

  • Season: Same as duck seasons
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15
  • Possession Limit: 45
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

YOUTH, VETERAN AND ACTIVE MILITARY WATERFOWL SEASONS

(Youth 17 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: 10/05/2024 - 10/06/2024
  • Low Plains Early Zone: 10/05/2024 - 10/06/2024
  • Low Plains Late Zone: 10/19/2024 - 10/20/2024
  • Low Plains Southeast Zone: 11/02/2024 - 11/03/2024

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: 10/26/2024 - 10/27/2024 and 11/06/2024 - 02/16/2025
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: 10/26/2024 - 12/29/2024 and 01/25/2025 - 02/16/2025
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: 10/26/2024 - 10/27/2024 and 11/06/2024 - 02/16/2025
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE, CONSERVATION ORDER

  • Season: 02/17/2025 - 04/30/2025
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp
  • Equipment Restrictions: During the Conservation Order, unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

SANDHILL CRANE, CENTRAL ZONE

  • Season: 11/08/2023 - 01/04/2024
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: 10/21/2023 - 12/17/2023
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit



PHEASANT

  • Regular: Nov. 11, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024
  • Youth: Nov. 4-5, 2023
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks
  • NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

QUAIL

  • Regular: Nov. 11, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024
  • Youth: Nov. 4-5, 2023
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season

GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Permit required)

  • Regular (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Sept. 15, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting
  • View prairie chicken map.



SQUIRREL

  • Regular: June 1 - Feb. 28
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 5
  • Possession limit: 20

RABBITS (Cottontail & Jackrabbit)

  • Regular: All year
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 10
  • Possession limit: 30

BULLFROGS

  • Regular: July 1 - Oct. 31
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

CROW

  • Regular: Nov. 10 - March 10
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Limit: No Limit