It's been a long winter in the Sunflower State, but those who anticipate the thrill of spring turkey hunting can start preparing with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) 2010 Kansas Spring Turkey Atlas, now available for viewing and download on the agency's website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us . From the home page, click Hunting/Turkey/Spring Turkey Atlas. View or print all or portions of the atlas, which locates access to all land in Kansas open to public spring turkey hunting, including Walk-In Hunting Access land. This spring, approximately 173,220 acres of Walk-In land are available, in addition to state and federal wildlife areas.
The 2010 spring youth/disabled and archery turkey seasons run April 1-13. The regular spring season runs April 14-May 31. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the regular season.
Turkey permits for units 1, 2, and 3 may be purchased online from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us , or over the counter at any license vendor. A regulations brochure may be downloaded from the KDWP website and printed or obtained at KDWP offices and license vendors. (This brochure also includes a resident-only, limited-draw permit application for Unit 4, but the application deadline for these permits was Feb. 19.) The brochure can be used only for general regulations regarding the 2009 Kansas spring turkey hunting season.
Printed copies of the 2010 Kansas Spring Turkey Atlas will be available at most KDWP offices by the third week in March.