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Special KS turkey season April 11- May 31

From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- Special hunts on select state wildlife areas this spring to encourage youth hunters will be offered in 12 counties — Chase, Clay, Douglas, Leavenworth, Marshall, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Riley, Sumner and Wabaunsee — opening more than 3,700 acres for 83 special hunts.

The application deadline is March 18.

Public lands special spring turkey hunts will be held on Benedictine Bottoms, Grand Osage, Kansas River Fitzgerald Tract, and Noe (Jackson County) wildlife areas, as well as Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge and Pottawatomie SFL No. 2.

Special hunts range from youth only and youth mentor hunts to open hunts. All special hunt opportunities are available by online application and a random drawing. Applicants who are drawn for a hunt will be notified by email with additional hunt information and their special hunt permit.

The online application and hunt information is online at

Access to lands enrolled in special hunts is limited to foot traffic only, unless otherwise posted. Each property will have special restrictions for dates allowed and type of hunt that will be listed on the application.

For more information or applications, contact Tina McFerrin, KDWPT, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124; phone (620) 672-0791 or email

The spring turkey season runs April 11 to May 31. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow or bow throughout the regular season. Archery only and youth/disabled seasons run concurrently April 1 to 10.

Turkey permits for units 1, 2 and 3 may be purchased  over the counter at any license vendor or online at

Archery hunters, anyone 16 years old or younger, and those with disability permits may hunt April 1 to 10. All youth must have an adult supervisor during the youth season.

Hunters younger than 16 are not required to have hunter education certification to hunt while they are supervised by a person 18 or older, but they must have a turkey permit. During the regular season, persons age 12 through 15 may hunt without adult supervision if they have completed a certified hunter education course.

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