Kansas is a very popular place to hunt with over 900 applications received for the 20 permits allotted and most importantly it stays within the military and residents alike. Kansas is also divided into three conservation regions 1. Shortgrass prairie, 2. Central mixed grass prairie and 3. Eastern tallgrass prairie. With big , small and bird animals alike they have open areas to roam in as well as hunters who have access to the native species that thrive in this region.

There are public wildlife areas, fall hunting , spring hunting and species management zones with so many activities it makes being outdoors fast growing and an enjoyable outing. Remember hunting starts Sept 4 and goes until Dec 31 beginning with youth then ending with Archery.

Kansas Hunting Seasons Offered

Kansas offers a variety of seasons ranging from big game, small game to different birds, each season is based off of the species you will be hunting, the type of weapon used as well as the area that is required for each. Below are links to official sites as well a table showing the different options available for the great state of KS!

Big Game: Deer, Elk, Antelope

Small Game: Cottontail, Gray Squirrel, Rabbit

Bird: Turkey, Quail, Greater Prairie Chicken, Crow, Dove, Ducks, Geese, Rail, Crane

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

Kansas Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDates
Deer
Youth and Disability
Sept. 4 – Sept. 12
Deer
Muzzleloader
Sept. 13 – Sept. 26
Deer
Archery
Sept. 13 – Dec. 31
Pre-Rut Whitetail Antlerless-Only
Firearm
Oct. 9 – Oct. 11
Deer
Regular Firearm
Dec. 1 – Dec. 12
Fall Turkey
Archery/Shotgun
Oct. 1 – Nov 10.
Spring Turkey
Archery Only
Apr 4. – Apr 12. 2022
Spring Turkey
Regular (firearm/archery)
Apr 13. – May 31. 2022
Spring Turkey
Youth/Disabled
Apr 1. – Apr 13. 2022

Firearm Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:

  • 1st Extended WAO: Jan. 1 – 9, 2022         Units 6, 8, 9, 10 and 17
  • 2nd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 – 16, 2022      Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 16
  • 3rd Extended WAO: Jan. 1 – 23, 2022       Units 10A (Ft. Leavenworth), 12, 13, 15 and 19

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 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 Berentz-Dick, Elk City, 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 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 Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

Firearm:  Dec. 1 – 12, 2021

2021 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

Turkey Seasons 2021-2022

Fall Turkey – Archery/Shotgun

Date: 10/01/2021 – 11/10/2021

Location: Units 1,2,3,5,6 (Unit 4 CLOSED)

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sun- rise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows
  • Permit Limit: Each hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit. Fall turkey permits are valid for both male and female turkeys. Dogs may be used in fall season. 
  • Bag Limit: One turkey, either sex, per permit.

Spring Turkey – Archery Only

Date: 04/04/2022 – 04/12/2022

Location: Unit Specified on Permit

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Recurve or compound bows and crossbows.
  • Permit 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.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.
  • Dogs may not be used in spring season.

Spring Turkey – Regular (firearm/archery)

Date: 04/13/2022 – 05/31/2022

Location: Unit Specified on Permit

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows.
  • Permit 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.
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.
  • Dogs may not be used in spring season.

Kansas Hunting License Info

Purchase a Kansas License at
:https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/signinWithIdentifierAndDob.page
To get a license you must complete a hunter education card as well qualify for a general license, a specific species permit with the weapon that you will be using.

Resident/ Non residentLicenseCost
ResidentAnnual Hunting$27.50
ResidentCombo Hunt/ Fish$47.50
Resident Deer PermitFirearm Either- Species$52.20
Landowner/Tenant | Firearm
Either- Species
$32.50
Muzzleloader, Either Species$42.50
Archery Either Species$42.50
NonresidentAnnual Hunting$97.50
NonresidentCombo Hunt/ Fish$137.50
Nonresident Deer PermitWhite-tailed Combo$442.50
Hunt Own Land$87.50
Firearm Either- Species$978.50

Kansas Hunting News

The 2020 – 2021 Fall Turkey Season is Oct 1- Nov 10, there are also the crane hunting zones that are established in the west and central zone Oct 17- Dec 13 2020 as well as Nov 11- Jan 7, 2021. You can purchase e licenses, tags and harvest reporting through KDWPTs HuntFish KS mobile app as well.

There are so many fantastic things to do while spending time in Kansas enjoy great lodging as well as an amazing app making it accessible to all! In pre settlement Kansas it was only prairie land and Elk, Deer and Turkey flocked to this area, but just as easily almost got completely wiped out, luckily a small amount remained. It is easy to establish hunting seasons around this to help keep free ranging herds at healthy levels while giving more to the wildlife, parks and tourism that support the State of Kansas.

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Links to Official Sites

Buy License in Kansas
https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/signinWithIdentifierAndDob.page
Kansas State Regulation Site:
https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting?msclkid=b3758da768ec178021a2edba3b56f79a