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KS spring turkey permits now available online

From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- Kansas makes early turkey season preparation easier by offering spring turkey permits online in January.

Turkey permits for units 1, 2, and 3 may be purchased online from the DWPT website at http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/License-Permits.

Permits are also available from license vendors across the state. Permits purchased for Unit 1, 2, or 3 are valid in all three units. In addition, any individual with a spring turkey permit may purchase one game tag valid only in Units 2 and 3. A turkey permit/game tag combination is available through March 31 at a reduced price. By purchasing the combination early, hunters save $7.50 over the cost of purchasing each separately.

The spring turkey hunting season runs April 1 to 10 for archery-only and youth/disabled hunters and April 11 to May 31 for everyone. Turkey hunters must possess a hunting license, unless exempt and a spring turkey permit.

Legal equipment for spring turkey hunting includes 20-gauge or larger shotguns, bows, and crossbows although hunters not qualified as youth or disabled may use only archery equipment April 1 to 10. The state is divided into four turkey management units. Unit 4, southwest Kansas, is limited to 500 resident-only permits available through a lottery draw with an application deadline of Feb. 10. Youth permits, for age 16 and younger hunters, are half-price and valid statewide, including Unit 4.

Huntable populations of wild turkeys exist in nearly every Kansas county. The Rio Grande subspecies dominates the western two-thirds of the state, and the eastern subspecies is common in the eastern regions. Hybrid Rio Grande/eastern birds may be found where the two ranges converge.

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