Commission Big Game Permits Awarded to Seven Kansas Non-profits

Commission Big Game Permits Awarded to Seven Kansas Non-profits

For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2022

Nadia Reimer CMP®, Chief of Public Affairs
(785) 338-3036

Commission Big Game Permits Awarded to Seven Kansas Non-profits

PRATT – During their virtual public meeting last month, Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commissioners drew the names of seven lucky conservation organizations that will receive Kansas’ highly-coveted Commission Big Game Permits. The program – which began in 2006 – allows Kansas chapters of eligible non-profit organizations to apply for one of seven big game permits, which can then be sold to raise funds for pre-approved conservation projects in Kansas.

One elk, one antelope or up to seven deer permits are issued each year, depending on applicant preference. The permits are either-species/either-sex and are valid statewide during any season with legal equipment for that season; and, they do not count against other big game permits the license holder is eligible for.

Once the permit is sold, 15 percent of the total sale price is kept by the organization. The remainder raised is then remitted to KDWP to be utilized on a jointly determined conservation project. Organizations drawn may receive just one Commission Big Game Permit in a three-year period.

Seven deer permits were awarded to the following conservation groups for 2022:

Ducks Unlimited – Independence Chapter KS-034
Chris Young, Regional Director
13934 W 120th St, Olathe, KS 66062

National Wild Turkey Federation – Central Kansas #16115
Brandon Wilmoth, Regional Director  
290 W 20th North Ave, Mayfield, KS 67103

Ducks Unlimited – Leavenworth Chapter KS-012
Chris Young, Regional Director
13934 W 120th St, Olathe, KS 66062

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – National Chapter #16000
Jordan Brown, Regional Director
5705 Grant Creek Rd, Missoula, MT 59808

Pheasants Forever – McPherson Chapter #51
Chris Blackledge, Regional Rep
503 Ravine Dr., Council Grove KS 66846

Ducks Unlimited – Upper Republican Chapter KS-049
Josh Williams, Regional Director - West
1609 E 7th St, Concordia, KS 66901

Safari Club International – Kansas City
Rodney Heinsohn, Secretary
8820 NE 108th, Kansas City, MO 64157

Members of the public may contact the representatives listed above to learn when and where these permits may be auctioned or raffled in the future.

NOTE: At the time of the January 13 public meeting, the Safari Club International – Kansas City Chapter received it’s first choice preference for an elk permit; However, following the drawing, the organization opted to “switch” to it’s second choice preference of a deer permit, as deer permits have historically garnered more interest in past raffles. 

This change was made possible by the fact that KDWP does not formally issue these permits until July (when all other big game tags are issued). Once a permit is formally issued, it becomes non-transferrable.

For more information on this program, visit or contact Commission secretary Sheila Kemmis at (620) 672-0702.