From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
-- The original deadline for Kansas’ Special Hunts in September and October was Aug.1. However, with the addition of the private land opportunities, the deadline has been extended to Aug. 8.
The program offers a variety of limited hunts, many designed to introduce youth and novices to hunting in an uncrowded place with a good opportunity for success.
The program also provides limited hunting access to public lands normally off-limits to hunters, and has recently added special hunts on private lands, paying landowners a lease fee to allow limited access to hunters which are concentrated in the eastern portion of Kansas, in more populated counties.
In this region, landowners have been wary of the regular Walk-In Hunting Access program, which allows unrestricted access, because of the prospect of heavy traffic. They have been more receptive to a program that restricted access, both in hunter numbers and days. Interested hunters will apply to hunt specific game on specific days.
Those lucky enough to be drawn will be provided with permits to be placed on the dash of their vehicles and carried with them, so the landowners and KDWP officers can easily verify that they have permission.
Applications can be made online at www.kdwp.state.ks.us by clicking Hunting then Special Hunts, or by telephone at (620) 672-5911 .
The deadline for Special Hunts in November through February is Oct. 1.