Sportsmen's Calendar

The following is a list of all hunting seasons


All Seasons



New For 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

2020 Fall Turkey

Archery/Shotgun: Oct. 1-Nov. 10, 2020

Fall Turkey Permits valid in Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 may be purchased over the counter at any license vendor.

No permits authorized in Unit 4.

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

Legal Equipment: Shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows. Dogs may be used while hunting turkeys during the fall turkey season.

Limit: A hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit, which is valid for one turkey of either sex.

Fall turkey permits may be purchased over the counter or by phone, (800) 918-2877, and are valid in Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

2020 Spring Turkey

Youth/Disabled Season: April 1 - 14, 2020; Legal Equipment: archery equipment and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.

Archery-Only Season: April 6 - 14, 2020; Legal Equipment: long, recurve, compound bows and crossbows.

Regular Season: April 15 - May 31, 2020; 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, 2019 - Feb. 15, 2020 Limit: No limit.

BEAVER AND OTTER TRAPPING

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

 
2020 Deer Application and Purchase Deadlines
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: Application period April 1 thru April 24, 2020
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: Application period May 12 thru June 12, 2020
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit:  Purchase through Dec 31, 2020
  • Resident Archery:  Purchase through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit:  Purchase through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit:  Purchase through Jan 31, 2021
 
2020 Deer Season Dates

Youth and Disability: Sept. 5 - Sept. 13, 2020

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. 14 - Sept. 27, 2020

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. 14 - Dec. 31, 2020

Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only: Oct. 10 - Oct. 12, 2020

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: Dec. 2 - Dec. 13, 2020

Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:
  • 1st Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 10, 2021         Units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 17
  • 2nd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 17, 2021        Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16
  • 3rd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 24, 2021         Units 10A (Ft Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons: Jan. 25 - 31, 2021 (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 KDWPT 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 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.
2020Fort Riley Deer Season Dates:

Youth & Disability: Sept. 5-13 and Oct. 10-12, 2020

Archery: Sept. 14 - Dec. 31, 2020

Firearm: Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 15-23, 2020

Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization: Sept. 1-13, 2020 and Jan. 11-31, 2021

Pre-Rut Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only: CLOSED ON FT. RILEY UNIT 8A

 

2020 Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

Firearm:  Dec. 2 - 13, 2020

 

2020 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season: (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Firearm:  Nov. 14-15, Nov. 21-22, Nov. 26-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13, 2020

Extended Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season:  Jan. 1- 24, 2021

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 25-31, 2021

  

2020 Antelope Application/Purchase Deadlines

Firearm AND Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 12, 2020

Archery permits may be purchased through: Oct. 31, 2020

2020 Antelope Seasons

Archery: Sept. 19-27 and Oct. 10-31, 2020

Muzzleloader: Sept. 28 - Oct. 5, 2020

Firearm: Oct. 2-5, 2020

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

 

Elk Application/Purchase Deadlines

Permit pplication deadline: June 12, 2020

Hunt-Own-Land Elk purchase deadline: March 15, 2021

Elk Seasons (OUTSIDE FT. RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-30, 2020
  • Archery: Sept. 14 - Dec. 31, 2020
  • Firearm: Aug. 1-31, Dec. 2-13, 2020 and Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2021
Elk Seasons (ON FORT RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader/Archery: Sept. 1-30, 2020
  • Firearm Season (for Any-Elk Permit Holders): Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2020
  • Firearm, First Segment: Oct. 1-31, 2020
  • Firearm, Second Segment: Nov. 1-30, 2020
  • Firearm, Third Segment: Dec. 1-31, 2020
 



MIGRATORY DOVE (Mourning, white-winged)

  • Season: Sept.1-Nov. 29, 2020
  • 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: Year-round
  • 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: Sept. 1-Nov 9, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16, 2020
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 17-Nov. 30, 2019
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 19-27, 2020
  • 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: Sept. 12-27, 2020
  • 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:  Oct. 10, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 22-31, 2021
  • 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: Oct. 10-Dec. 6, 2020 and Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021
  • 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: Oct. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-31, 2021
  • 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: Nov. 14, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 9-31, 2021
  • 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, with species and sex restrictions as follows: 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, and 1 scaup.

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 15 and younger)

  • High Plains Unit: Oct. 3-4, 2020
  • Low Plains Early Zone: Oct. 3-4, 2020
  • Low Plains Late Zone: Oct. 24-25, 2020
  • Southeast Zone: Nov. 7-8, 2020

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021
  • 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: Oct. 31, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021 and Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2021
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020 and Nov. 4, 2020-Feb. 14, 2021
  • 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: Feb. 15-April 30, 2021
  • 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: Nov. 11, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit

SANDHILL CRANE, WEST ZONE

  • Season: Oct. 17-Dec. 13, 2020
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Permit, Sandhill Crane Permit



PHEASANT

Regular: November 14, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Youth: November 7-8, 2020

Area Open: Statewide

Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season

NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

QUAIL

Regular: November 14, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Youth: November 7-8, 2020

Area Open: Statewide

Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Permit required)

Early (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2020

Daily Bag Limit: 2

Regular (Greater Prairie Chicken Unit): Nov. 21, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021

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