Kansas Hunting News

Firearms Deer Season
Hunters and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff are reporting mixed but generally good hunting for the firearms deer season, which runs through Dec. 11. Cold weather and snow have affected the deer hunting, in some cases for the good and others for the worse, depending on the severity of winter storms.
Firearms Deer Season Opens November 30
The Kansas firearms deer season begins Nov. 30 this year and runs through Dec. 11. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds deer hunters that safety is the first order of business when hunting with high-powered rifles. Several changes in laws and regulations are also important.
Trespassing Hurts Hunters
In Kansas, it is illegal to hunt, fish, shoot, or trap on private land without the owner's permission. Hunting from public roads and railroads requires permission of landowners on both sides of the road or railway. Railroad rights-of-way also require permission from the railroad. In addition, written permission is required to enter land posted with hunting and/or trapping "by Written Permission Only" signs or having trees or fence posts painted purple.
Fall Wild Turkey Hunting
This has been a good year for wild turkey production in Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff are reporting increased turkey sightings in many areas as birds gather for winter roosting. All of Kansas except Unit 4 (westcentral and southwestern Kansas) allows fall hunting.
Youth Deer Season Sept. 24-25
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) kicks off its annual “Pass It On” program on Sept. 24-25 with a youth/disabled deer season. Designed to reverse the declining trend in hunter numbers, the program comprises many different subprograms, such as Outdoor Mentors, shooting clinics, hunting access, education and awareness classes, and special hunts such as this one.
Hunting Regulations Available in Early September
Copies of the 2005 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary and the 2005 Kansas Hunting Atlas (including Walk-In Hunting Areas) will be available from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offices and select vendors in early September, before all seasons but the traditional Sept. 1 opening of dove season.
Special Hunt Drawing Results
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that the drawing for special hunts will be held in mid-August. The deadline to apply was July 15, so applications are no longer being accepted. Applicants who applied online and provided an email address will be notified in late August only if they were not successful.
Resident Any-Deer Permit Applications Deadline
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that applications for resident 2005 Any Deer permit applications are now available online. For those hunters who wish to take a mule deer, an application for an Any Deer permit must be submitted to the agency by July 15.
Conservation Plan up for Public Review
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that a draft Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP) is ready for public review. The theme of CWCP is "Keeping Common Species Common." Using existing information to develop the plan, more than 200 technical experts, including KDWP staff, were relied upon.
Deer Regulations Set
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission met April 21 in Pittsburg and passed a number of new regulations, primarily focusing on deer hunting. One of the most significant changes to deer regulations are that deer hunters must now purchase an antlered deer permit before purchasing an antlerless permit or game tag.