From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - December 3 marks opening day of Firearm Deer Season

DEC. 3 MARKS OPENING DAY OF FIREARM DEER SEASON

Hunters may pursue deer with firearms through Dec. 14, 2014

Pratt, Kansas - As November comes to a close, it can only mean one thing - it’s time to break out your blaze orange clothing and sight-in your rifle because the Kansas firearm deer season is almost upon us. From Dec. 3-14, hunters may pursue deer with any legal equipment, including any centerfire rifle and handgun; any gauge shotgun using slugs; and a muzzleloading rifle, musket, or pistol .40 caliber or larger and archery equipment.

All permits are valid during the firearm season; however, unit, species, antlerless and equipment restrictions listed on the permit are in effect. In addition to their deer permit, all hunters, unless exempt by law, must also have a Kansas hunting license... more on this year's firearm deer season in Kansas ...

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - So many seasons, so little November

Canada Goose image from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website

November marks the beginning of several hunting seasons in Kansas

Pratt, Kansas - For most people, Christmas comes on Dec. 25, but for hunters and anglers, the best gifts arrive one month earlier. November marks the start of four hunting and fishing seasons that are a must-do in the Sunflower State, and if you’ve never partaken in these fall festivities, you may want to reconsider your plans this upcoming month.

TROUT FISHING: NOV. 1 - APRIL 15

From Nov. 1, 2014-April 15, 2015, anglers can enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities in the state as nearly 30 public fishing areas will be stocked periodically with this special species.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Hunters welcomed at Kansas State Parks HUNTERS WELCOMED AT KANSAS STATE PARKS

State park and wildlife area cabins can serve as great base camps for hunters

Pratt, Kansas – Staff at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) state parks and wildlife areas extend an open invitation to all hunters looking for a fun, affordable base camp this season. Often located within just a few miles, some even within walking distance, of some of the state’s most popular public hunting areas, KDWPT cabins are a great way to enjoy the outdoors long after shooting hours are over.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Hunters invited to apply for 2014-2015 Special Hunts July 12

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com

Hunters can apply for access to exclusive Kansas hunting areas statewide online at ksoutdoors.com Pratt, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism invites hunters to apply online for 2014-2015 special hunts for the fall and winter season. Applications can be made as early as July 12 by visiting ksoutdoors.com and clicking “Hunting/Special Hunts Information.” Drawings will take place August 11 for September and October hunts, and September 29 for hunts taking place October through January. 

The special hunting access gained through this program tends to mean a higher quality hunt and potentially greater harvest rates for successful applicants, but just like with any other outdoor activity, nothing is guaranteed.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Antelope Firearm and Muzzleloader applications being accepted

ANTELOPE FIREARM AND MUZZLELOADER APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

Pratt, Kansas - Applications for resident-only antelope firearm and muzzleloader permits are being accepted now through June 13.  Only online applications are accepted and are available through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) website, ksoutdoors.com. Click "License/Permits" in the upper right-hand corner of the page to begin the process. For more information, call 620-672-0728.

Open to Kansas residents only, more than 1,000 applications are expected for the 140 firearm and 40 muzzleloader permits available this year. Hunters who are unsuccessful in the drawing receive a preference point... Find out more about Kansas' Antelope firearm and muzzleloader season ...

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Spring Turkey Season runs through May 31

Kansas turkey hunter - photo courtesy of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Firearm hunters can hit the field April 9

Pratt, Kansas - A lot of work goes into prepping for a spring turkey hunt, from scouting roosting sights and sighting in shotguns, to mastering the perfect “cluck” and “purr” call. And all that hard work will pay off on April 9 when the regular spring turkey season opens. Following the archery-only/ youth/disabled season, April 1-8, turkey hunters can hit the field with shotgun or archery equipment to take their shot at a spring turkey, or two.

And thanks to equipment changes established last year, hunters may now use any gauge shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun with shot sizes No. 2 through No. 9 and crossbows to fill their spring turkey tags.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - KDWPT hits record enrollment for Spring Turkey Hunting Access

Hunter with a prized Kansas turkey Nearly 214,000 Walk-In Hunting Access acres are available this spring

PRATT – Hunting for spring turkeys can have it’s own set of challenges, but this year, finding a place to hunt shouldn’t be one of them. Thanks to the Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) program offered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), hunters in search of this hardy bird will have access to nearly 214,000 privately-owned acres, in addition to the state- and federally-owned wildlife areas. And accessing maps to these locations has never been easier before. Hunters can locate 2014 Spring WIHA lands by:

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Youth Hunters wanted for Melvern Spring Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunting in Kansas Melvern Wildlife Area to host 2nd Annual Spring Turkey Hunt for youth

Reading, Kansas – The thundering gobble of a turkey in its roost, the spit and drum of a strutting tom, and the sight of a long-beard in full fan are experiences that fuel the passion in Kansas turkey hunters. However, for many Kansas youth, the journey to becoming a turkey hunter has yet to begin. 

A perfect start to the journey could be the Second Annual Spring Turkey Hunt at Melvern Wildlife Area ... more on youth turkey hunts at the Melvern Wildlife Area ...

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Geese offer flocks of late-season hunting opportunities

Geese offer flocks of late-season hunting opportunities in Kansas Some of Kansas’ best waterfowl hunting is making its debut

Pratt, Kansas - Don’t put up your waders and shotgun just yet because late-season goose hunts can deliver some of the best waterfowl hunting the state has to offer. Most hunting seasons,including those for ducks, deer and upland birds, will close by the end of January, but hunters looking to get a few more days of field time should set their sights on geese.

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