Spring Turkey Permits Available Online

The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters
across the state are already making preparations. Turkey permits
allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the
regular season. Archery-only and youth/disabled seasons run
concurrently, April 1-7.

Turkey permits for units 1, 2, and 3 may be purchased online
from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website. In
addition, hunters may apply online for resident-only, limited-draw
permits in Unit 4, with an application deadline of Feb. 20.
Applications may be downloaded from the KDWP website and printed or
obtained at KDWP offices and license vendors. This application also
includes all regulations that apply to the spring seasons.

Archery hunters, anyone 16 years old or younger, and those with
disability permits may hunt April 1-7. (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.) Hunter education
certification may not be obtained until age 11, and all hunters
younger than 12 must have adult supervision to hunt at any
time.

Wild turkey restoration has been an unqualified success. Today,
huntable populations of turkeys exist in nearly every county. The
Rio Grande subspecies dominates the western two-thirds of the
state. The eastern subspecies is common in the eastern regions,
where numbers have grown dramatically in recent years. Hybrid Rio
Grande/eastern birds are found where the two ranges converge. With
a long season and birds abundant in most of the state, there is
ample opportunity to bag an eastern, Rio Grande, or hybrid tom.
Good numbers of turkeys can be found in the northwest,
northcentral, northeast, central, and southcentral portions of
Kansas. In the southeast, numbers have been down in recent years
due to poor hatch survival, and drought in the far southwest may
affect hunting in that region.

Online license and permit purchasing makes preparation easier
than ever. Online license and permit sales are available at the
KDWP website under “License/Permits” at the top of the home page.
Permits (except for Unit 4) may also be purchased over the counter,
and second turkey game tags are available in units 2 and 3. Last
year, KDWP sold 38,990 Spring Turkey permits and 19,397 Second
Turkey game tags, and 35,040 turkeys were taken.

A spring turkey atlas showing all public hunting lands and
spring Walk-In Hunter Access program lands will be available at
KDWP offices and the KDWP website in late March.

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