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September rich with hunting opportunity in Kansas

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- Most hunters recognize September as the month when Kansas hunting seasons begin, when several hunting opportunities unfold in the first autumnal month, including archery antelope, muzzleloader deer, muzzleloader and archery elk, and youth/disabled deer seasons.

Archery antelope season runs Sept. 18 to 26 and Oct. 9 to 31 in western portions of the state. Like all big game and turkey hunting, antelope hunting requires a permit in addition to a hunting license if required by law.

Antelope Archery permits are available to residents and nonresidents over the counter or online at  http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/License-Permits. Antelope hunting is restricted to specific management units in far western Kansas, and most is on private land. Hunters are encouraged to obtain permission before buying a permit.

Elk muzzleloader-Sept.  1 to Oct. 3-and archery-Sept. 20 to Dec. 31-seasons also begin this month. On Fort Riley, muzzleloader and archery season is Sept. 1 to Oct. 3. For the first time, an unlimited number of Antlerless-Only Elk permits and Any-Elk permits are available to general residents and landowner/tenants statewide, except that these permits will not be valid on Fort Riley or in Clay, Geary, Riley or Morton counties. These permits may also be purchased online or over the counter.

As with antelope, almost all elk hunting is on private land, so hunters are encouraged to obtain permission before buying a permit.

A special deer season for youth and persons with disabilities runs from  Sept. 11 to 19. Youth 16 and younger who possess a valid deer permit may hunt during this special season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle or a disability assistance permit issued by KDWP may also hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply.

All resident hunters age 16 through 64 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by law. Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident license.

Youth 15 and younger may hunt without hunter education if directly supervised by an adult 18 or older. More specific details and restrictions may be found in the 2010 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, available wherever licenses are sold or online at http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Hunting/Hunting-Regulations.

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