Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Spring turkey permits, special hunts applications 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, or
over the counter at any license vendor. A regulations brochure may
be downloaded from the KDWP website and printed or obtained at KDWP
offices and license vendors. This brochure also includes a
resident-only, limited-draw permit application for Unit 4, but the
application deadline for these permits was Feb. 20. The brochure
can be used only for general regulations regarding the 2009 Kansas
spring turkey hunting season.

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

Online license and permit purchasing simplifies preparation.
Online license and permit sales are available at the KDWP website.
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.

To enhance the 2009 spring turkey hunting experience, KDWP is
joining with the Kansas University Endowment Association and other
private landowners to offer special spring turkey hunts. Special
hunts will be offered in 12 counties (Atchison, Chase, Clay,
Dickinson, Douglas, Leavenworth, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie,
Riley, Saline, and Sumner), opening more than 5,000 acres for 95
special hunt opportunities. The special hunts range from youth-only
and youth-mentor hunts to open hunts. The KU Endowment Association
has signed up properties in four counties where seven youth-only
hunts will be offered.

All special hunt opportunities are available by online
application and a random drawing. Those 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 on the KDWP website. The application
deadline is Monday, March 16.

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

For more information on the program or applications, write Jake
George, Private Lands Coordinator, KDWP, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt,
KS 67124; phone 620-672-5911, ext. 160; or email

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