State program offers hunting opportunities
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) offers a Special Hunts program.
The program offers hunting opportunities with limited access to public and private land, providing the potential for high-quality hunts and greater harvest rates. Because each hunt is open to a limited number of hunters, applications must be made online, and random drawings will determine who is selected.
The application period is open, and the deadline for First Draw Hunts (hunts occurring in September and October) is 9 a.m. Monday Aug. 14. The application deadline for Second Draw Hunts (hunts occurring in November, December, January and February) is 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25.
Hunters will select hunts by species, date and category, which include Open Hunt, Youth Hunt or Mentored Hunt. All applicants are eligible to apply for Open Hunts, regardless of age or hunting experience. Youth Hunts require parties to include at least one youth 18 or younger, accompanied by an adult 21 or older who may not hunt. Mentored Hunts are open to both youth and novice hunters supervised by a mentor 21 or older who may also hunt. There are more than 500 individual hunting opportunities available for the 2017-18 hunting seasons.
A random computer drawing will be conducted within one week of the application deadline. Successful applicants will be emailed their hunt permit, as well as area maps and other pertinent information. Hunters are responsible for purchasing necessary licenses and permits required by law.
Special hunts occur on wildlife areas, state parks, private land parcels, a national wildlife refuge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers areas and even city- or county-owned properties. Hunts are divided by species, equipment and hunt type. Most of the hunts are for deer and upland game, but opportunities are also available for waterfowl, doves, turkey and furbearers.
For more information on the Special Hunts Program, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Special Hunts Information.”
If you are a landowner interested in enrolling your property in the Special Hunts program, contact your local wildlife biologist or nearest KDWPT office.