Special Hunts Information

The Drawing for Spring 2015 Special Hunts is Complete. 
ALL Successful applicants have been notified.
Notices for All unsuccessful applicants have also been sent out.

There were 459 applications for the 194 total permits offered.



Leftover hunts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the list by clicking on the button below. 

There are several Leftover Hunts available - All Leftovers are Youth Hunts or Mentor Hunts.  For Mentor hunts, both the youth and the supervising adult are allowed to hunt.  For Youth hunts, only the youth may hunt. 


The Application Deadline was 9:00 am on Monday, February 23, 2015
Land Managers and Biologists developed the 2015 Spring Turkey Hunts that include 105 Hunts with a total of 194 hunt permits.  The hunts will occur on 21 different wildlife areas, private lands in various counties, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, and 2 city/county governed properties.  There are 36 Open Hunts (Open to All), 40 Mentor Hunts (Both Beginner and Mentor may hunt), and 29 Youth Hunts (Youth Hunt Only).

In Spring 2014, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) offered 202 individual turkey hunts on 23 properties. 101 were "Open" permits, 58 were "Youth" permits and 43 were "Mentor" permits.  Six (6) were on State Wildlife Areas, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 14 on private lands in various counties, and 2 were city/county governed properties.  183 individual hunts were offered during the Spring 2013 turkey hunting season (up slightly from the 172 offered in the spring 2012).


Because of limited staff to handle phone calls, please read the material on this page. If you still have questions, the best way to find out about special hunts is to contact us by email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com. 


New Special Hunts for fall 2015 and winter 2016 will not be posted until early July.
There were 634 different hunts with more than 1,000 permits available in the fall of 2014. 


Special Deer Hunts DO NOT Include Deer Permits or Tags.  Special Hunts Only Provide Access to Properties - All other licenses, stamps and permits must be obtained by the successful applicant.  NON-RESIDENTS must have drawn a deer permit to be eligible for Special Deer Hunts.

TO REQUEST A LEFTOVER HUNT, PLEASE EMAIL hunt #, name, address, city, zip code, phone, email and date of birth to specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Read Instructions Below


Special hunts are part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism's "Recruitment and Retention" Program. These hunts are conducted on department lands, including state parks, wildlife areas, and refuges. The hunts also occur on Walk In Hunting Areas (WIHA's), National Wildlife Refuges, City and County properties, and other locations. These hunts limit the number of participants to ensure a quality experience or to achieve specific management goals such as herd reduction.

Special Hunts only provide access to specific properties.  Licenses, Permits, Tags, Stamps, and Hunter Education Are Required unless exempt. 

If you have questions, please contact Mike Nyhoff at our Hays Regional Office at 785-628-8614 or email: specialhunts@ksoutdoors.com

Instructions to Apply for Special Hunt Draw

  1. Before beginning the application process please read the following file. This file explains Age restrictions, hunt type definitions and walks you through the process.
  2. You can view a list of the hunts by clicking on the following button:

  3. To begin the online registration process, click the "Special Hunts Application" button below.
  4. Here you will either Login to an existing account or create a new account. (Save this account information, it will be used for deer check-in, turkey check-in, future special hunts applications, etc.)
  5. Once you are logged in you will fill out the following information. The information is required to continue the process.
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Address
    • City, State, Zip Code
    • Phone Number
    • Email - this is for draw notification, if you are selected for a hunt you will receive an email with a link to print off your permit. If you are not selected you will also receive an email
    • Date of Birth - This needs to be the Date of Birth for the individual going on the hunt. Youth hunts are only for hunters sixteen years old or younger at the time of the hunt.
  6. Once you have filled out the information you must check the "Acknowledgment" box to verify that the information is correct.
  7. Once this box is checked, the "Select your choices" section(s) will appear. You are given three choices for each species that have hunts available during that season. During the first fall application period you can sign up for both Sept. - Oct. hunts as well as Nov. - Dec. hunts.
  8. To select a choice for a species click on the corresponding button "Select * Hunt Choice". * being the choice, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
  9. This brings up the hunts list corresponding to the species and the season you are selecting. You can either click the corresponding "Select Hunt" button on a hunt from the list, or if you already know your hunt code, you can enter it in the Hunt Code box and click "Select Hunt".
  10. This returns you to the application and replaces the button you clicked with the hunt you selected. You will also see a checkbox located next to the hunt, labeled "Any Date". If you check this box it allows you to be in the drawing for any hunt for that location and hunt type, not just the date you selected. Giving you more of an opportunity to draw a hunt.
  11. Once you have selected all your hunts click "Select Hunts".
  12. NEW! To review or edit your current application, use the "My Information" link found on the upper right corner after login.