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. 18, 2020 - Feb. 15, 2021 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

 
2021 Deer Application and Purchase Deadlines
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: Application period April 1 thru April 30, 2021
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: Application period May 11 thru June 11, 2021
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit:  Purchase through Dec 31, 2021
  • Resident Archery:  Purchase through Dec. 31, 2021
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit:  Purchase through Dec. 31, 2021
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit:  Purchase through Jan 31, 2022
 
2021 PROPOSED Deer Season Dates

Youth and Disability: Sept. 4 - Sept. 12, 2021

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. 13 - Sept. 26, 2021

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. 13 - Dec. 31, 2021

Pre-Rut Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only: Oct. 9 - Oct. 11, 2021

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. 1 - Dec. 12, 2021

Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:
  • 1st Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 9, 2022         Units TBD
  • 2nd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 16, 2022      Units TBD
  • 3rd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 - 23, 2022       Units TBD

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons: Jan. 24 - 31, 2022 (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 TBD 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.
2021 PROPOSED Fort Riley Deer Season Dates:

Youth & Disability: Oct. 9-11, 2021

Archery: Sept. 13 - Dec. 31, 2021

Firearm: Nov. 26-28, Dec. 18-23 and Dec. 26-28, 2021

Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization: Sept. 1-12, 2021 and Jan. 1-31, 2022

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

 

2021 PROPOSED Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

Firearm:  Dec. 1 - 12, 2021

 

2021 PROPOSED Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season: (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

Firearm:  Nov. 13-14, Nov. 20-21, Nov. 25-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 2021

Extended Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season:  Jan. 1- 23, 2022

Extended Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Season: Jan. 24-31, 2022

  

2021 Antelope Application/Purchase Deadlines

Firearm AND Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 11, 2021

Archery permits may be purchased through: Oct. 31, 2021

2021 PROPOSED Antelope Seasons

Archery: Sept. 18-26 and Oct. 9 -31, 2021

Muzzleloader: Sept. 27 - Oct. 4, 2021

Firearm: Oct. 1-4, 2021

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

 

Elk Application/Purchase Deadlines

Permit pplication deadline: June 11, 2021

Hunt-Own-Land Elk purchase deadline: March 15, 2022

2021 PROSOSED Elk Seasons (OUTSIDE FT. RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-30, 2021
  • Archery: Sept. 13 - Dec. 31, 2021
  • Firearm: Aug. 1-31, Dec. 1-12, 2021 and Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2022
2021 PROPOSED Elk Seasons (ON FORT RILEY)
  • Muzzleloader/Archery: Sept. 1-30, 2021
  • Firearm Season (for Any-Elk Permit Holders): Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2021
  • Firearm, First Segment: Oct. 1-31, 2021
  • Firearm, Second Segment: Nov. 1-30, 2021
  • Firearm, Third Segment: Dec. 1-31, 2021
 



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