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Sportsmen's Calendar

The following is a list of all hunting seasons

 2015 SPRING TURKEY:
  • Regular (firearm/archery): April 15 - May 31, 2015
  • Archery-Only : April 6 - 14, 2015
  • Youth/Disabled : April 1 - 14, 2015
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: long, recurve, or compound bows, crossbows and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2 through 9.
  • 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, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

2014 Spring Turkey Regulations

2014 FALL TURKEY:
  • Archery/Shotgun : Oct. 1 - Dec. 2 and Dec. 15, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
  • Fall Turkey Permits in Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and game tags for UNIT 2 ONLY may be purchased over the counter at any license vendor or online.
  • No permits authorized in Unit 4.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: Shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows and crossbows. Dogs may be used while hunting turkeys during the fall turkey season.
  • Limit: Fall turkey permits may be purchased over-the-counter or online, and are valid in Units 1,2,3,5 and 6. 
  • Any individual with a fall turkey permit may purchase as many as three turkey game tags VALID IN UNIT 2 ONLY.  
  • Turkey permits and turkey game tags may be purchased online at www.ksoutdoors.com or from all license agents through Jan. 30, 2015.



HUNTING & TRAPPING

  • NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping, and running seasons begin at 12 noon on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.
  • Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.
  • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 12, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015 Limit: No limit.

BEAVER AND OTTER TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 12, 2014 - March 31, 2015
  • Limit: No limit on beavers. Two (2) per season limit on otters.
  • Each otter trapped shall be presented to KDWPT for tagging within seven days of the close of the trapping season. The lower canine teeth shall be surrendered to KDWPT at that time.
  • NO OPEN TRAPPING OR HUNTING SEASON ON ANY OTHER FURBEARERS

RUNNING

  • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
  • Season Dates (statewide): March 1-Nov. 8
  • Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.

 COYOTES HUNTING & TRAPPING

  • Season Dates (statewide): All year
  • Possession Limit: No limit.

No closed season for trapping or hunting coyotes. Motor vehicles and radios in vehicles may be used to hunt coyotes only. Furharvester license required to trap and sell; hunting license required to hunt.



Deer Management Unit Map

 
2014 DEER Application Deadlines:
  • Nonresident Deer Permit Draw: April 25, 2014
  • Resident Any-Deer Firearms Permit Draw: July 11 , 2014
  • Resident Whitetail Any Season Permit: Dec 30, 2014
  • Resident Archery: Dec. 30, 2014
  • Antlerless Whitetail Deer Permit: Jan 30, 2015
  • Hunt-own-Land Deer Permit: Dec. 30, 2014
 2014 Deer Season Dates:
  • Youth and Disability: Sept. 6 - Sept. 14, 2014 (Youth 16 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange is required.
  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 15 - Sept. 28, 2014 (The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader or archery equipment: resident or nonresident Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Permit, resident Any-Season White-tailed Deer Permit, nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer Permit, Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Special Hunt-Own-Land Permit, Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permit, and Antlerless Either-Species Deer Permit. Hunter orange clothing is required
  • Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2014
  • Pre-Rut Firearms Whitetail Antlerless Only: Oct. 11 - Oct. 12, 2014 Any permit that allows the harvest of a whitetailed antlerless deer is valid during this season. Equipment and unit restrictions on permit imposed. Hunter orange clothing is required.
  • Regular Firearm:Dec. 3 - Dec. 14, 2014

    Firearms Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:

    1. Jan. 1 - 4, 2015     Units 6, 9, 10 and 17
    2. Jan. 1 - 11 2015    Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16
    3. Jan. 1 - 18, 2015   Units 10A ,15, and 19

     

  • Archery Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Seasons:
    1. Jan. 19 - 31, 2015  Unit DMU 19 ONLY

 

Number of Whitetail Antlerless-Only (WAO) Permits a hunter may purchase is 5 but they may use them as follows:

  1. A maximum of 2 WAO permits within Units 6, 9, 10, 14, and 17
  2. A maximum of 5 WAO permits within Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 19
  3. No WAO permits within Unit 18
  4. Only 1 WAO permit may be used on public hunting wildlife areas except for Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanapolis, Kirwin NWR, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson Wildlife Areas where 5 WAO permits may be used.  

 

  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

2014 Fort Riley Deer Season Dates:

  • Youth & Disability: Sept. 6-14, 2014 and Oct. 10-13, 2014
  • Archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 31, 2014
  • Firearm: Nov. 28-30, Dec. 12-21, 2014
  •  Archery by Fort Riley Special Authorization: Sept. 1-15, 2014 and Jan. 12-31, 2015

 2014 Smoky Hill ANG Firearms Deer Season:

  • Nov. 25 - Dec. 6, 2014

2014 Ft. Leavenworth Deer Season: (in addition to DMU 19 season dates)

  • Nov. 22 - Nov. 23, 2014
  • Nov. 27 - Nov. 30, 2014
  • Dec. 6 - Dec. 7, 2014
  • Dec. 13 - Dec. 14, 2014
  • Dec. 20 - Dec. 21, 2014

2014 ANTELOPE

 Firearm & Muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 13, 2014
 Archery permit deadline: Oct. 30, 2014

2014 Antelope Season Dates:

  • Firearm:  Oct. 3 - Oct. 6, 2014
  • Archery:  Sept. 20 - Sept. 28 and Oct. 11 - Oct. 31, 2014
  • Muzzleloader:  Sept 29 - Oct. 6, 2014
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

 

2014 ELK

Application Deadline: July 11, 2014

 2014 Season dates OUTSIDE FORT RILEY:

  • Muzzleloader: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2014
  • Archery: Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2014
  • Firearm: Dec. 3 - Dec. 14, 2014 and Jan.1, 2015 - March 15, 2015

 2014 Season dates ON FORT RILEY:

  • Muzzleloader and Archery: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2014
  • Firearm Season for Holders of Any-Elk Permits: Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2014
  • Firearm First Segment: Oct. 1 - Oct. 31, 2014
  • Firearm Second Segment: Nov.1 - Nov 30, 2014
  • Firearm Third Segment: Dec.1 - Dec. 31, 2014

2014 HUNT-OWN-LAND ELK Application Deadline: March 14, 2015



DOVE (Mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves)

Season: Sept.1 - Oct. 31 and Nov 1-9, 2014

Area open: Statewide

Daily bag limit: 15 (The daily bag limit applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination. There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle dove, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport.)

Possession limit: 45

DOVE (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

  • Season: Nov. 20, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: No limit
  • Possession limit: No limit

RAIL (Sora and Virginia)

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Nov 9, 2014
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 25
  • Possession limit: 75

SNIPE

  • Season: Sept. 1 - Dec. 16, 2014
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

WOODCOCK

  • Season: Oct. 11 - Nov. 24, 2014
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit:
  • Possession limit: 9

TEAL, HIGH PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 20-28, 2014
  • Area open: West of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: 18
  • Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014

Area open: East of Hwy. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: 18

Stamps Required: Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, HIGH PLAINS UNIT

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS EARLY ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Early Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit: 6
  • Possession limit: Three times the daily limit

DUCK LIMITS

Six ducks including no more than, 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens; 3 wood ducks; 3 scaup; 2 pintails; 2 redheads; and 2 canvasbacks. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

  • High Plains Unit: To be set
  • Low Plains Early Zone: To be set
  • Low Plains Late Zone: To be set
  • Southeast Zone: To be set

CANADA GEESE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 6 (including Brant)
  • Possession limit: 18

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 2
  • Possession limit: 6

LIGHT GEESE

  • Season: To be set
  • Area open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 50
  • Possession limit: No limit
  • NOTE - By special conservation order, light geese may also be taken from Feb. 10 - April 30, 2014. During this period, there will be no bag or possession limit on light geese. In addition, participants will be allowed to use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls and take light geese from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the period of the conservation order.

SANDHILL CRANE

  • Season: Nov. 5 2014-Jan 1, 2015
  • Daily bag limit: 3
  • Possession limit: 9



PHEASANT

  • Regular: November 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth: November 1-2, 2014
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season
  • NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

QUAIL

  • Regular: November 8, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Youth: November 1-2, 2014
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Permit required)

  • Early (East and Northwest zones): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2 (single species or in combination)
  • Regular (East and Northwest zones): Nov. 15, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2 (single species or in combination)
  • Southwest Zone: Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2014
  • Daily Bag Limit: 1

 View prairie chicken map.



SQUIRREL

  • Regular: June 1, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 5
  • Possession limit: 20

RABBITS (Cottontail & Jackrabbit)

  • Regular: All year
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Daily bag limit: 10
  • Possession limit: 30

BULLFROGS

  • Regular: July 1 - Oct. 31
  • Daily bag limit: 8
  • Possession limit: 24

CROW

  • Regular: Nov.10 - March 10, 2014
  • Area Open: Statewide
  • Limit: No Limit