Applications available mid-June; deadline July 15

PRATT -- Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers a number of special hunts on KDWP land. Hunters looking for a high-quality hunting experience are encouraged to apply for these special hunts. Dozens of specially-planned, limited-draw hunts for upland birds, doves, waterfowl, and deer are available by application only. There is no charge for the hunts, but this year's application must be submitted by July 15.

Many of these hunts provide opportunities on public areas that are normally closed to hunting. By limiting the number of hunters on these areas, the department offers a special hunting experience not always found on a public wildlife area or private land.

Most of the hunts are open to all hunters, but some are designed specifically to accommodate young or disabled hunters. Descriptions, locations, and hunt dates are outlined in the application booklet, available at KDWP offices, county clerks' offices, and most license vendors in mid-June. The booklet also will be available to download from the department's website .