From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
-- Kansas Special Hunts Program offers a variety of limited hunts designed to introduce youth and novices to hunting in an uncrowded setting with good opportunity for success. Youth hunts, mentor hunts and open hunts are offered.
This year only youth will be able to apply for youth hunts. Mentors may apply for youth/mentor hunts. Open hunts are open to anyone. Some non-draw special hunts are also offered.
Applicants for draw hunts are required to choose the dates preferred for special hunts. Application deadline is Aug. 14 for special hunts in September and October. A random drawing will be held the week of Aug. 15, and applicants will be notified by email. The permit and map will be included with email notification.
The application period for November, December and January hunts is Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. The draw will be held the week of Oct. 3. Successful applicants will also be notified by email with a permit and map.
Special hunts target doves, upland game, waterfowl and deer. Some take place during the special youth/disabled deer season Sept. 10 to 18.
Special hunts will be conducted in all regions of the state on both public and private land.
Youth hunts are open to hunters 15 or younger who must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older who may not hunt. Mentor hunts are open to youth 17 or younger or anyone who hasnt hunted in the last three years, and each must be accompanied by a licensed adult mentor.
Mentors can participate in mentor hunts. Requirements for each special hunt are outlined in the hunt narratives on the website
Many veteran hunters find satisfaction serving as mentors, introducing a relative, friend or neighbor to hunting in a wildlife-rich setting. Parents or grandparents may take children or grandchildren who have never hunted, but mentors and novices do not have to be related.
Hunter education is not required for youth 15 and younger accompanied by an adult 18 or older. However, persons 16 and older must have a hunting license and hunter education certification. Those 16 and older who do not have hunter education may still participate by obtaining a one-time apprentice hunting license, which exempts them from the hunter education requirement through the calendar year in which it is purchased.
Those without computer access can apply by telephone at (620)672-0791. For more information or to apply online visit http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Hunting/Special-Hunts-Information.