Kansas – From a Deer Hunter’s POV

Posted: 08/12/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Legal, News, Regulations
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This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.


Is the information easy to find?

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism hunting website is actually the top six search results.  My best guess is that in addition to the normal search engine registrations, the department listed this site as a paid advertisement as well.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

It only takes a few minutes to find the important information for a nonresident hunter using the Kansas DWPT site.

From the main page, the left hand menu contains most of the links needed to collect when to hunt, how to get a license, what the licenses cost, and where to hunt. The right sidebar of the page could be removed, and the information could be arranged in a bit easier to read format, however this is more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one.  As the website stands, the information is confined in a central column that requires a bit of scrolling to completely read the page.

Grade: A

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Kansas uses a lottery system for out of state antlered deer permits, and the time frame for applying for the license is very short.

2012 By drawing only: 2012 Nonresident DEER Application Deadline: April 27, 2012

There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2012. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process.

Applicants must apply online from April 1 thru April 27, 2012 or apply by phone 620-672-0728.

All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point.

Also, Kansas keeps $21.50 of the application fee ($322.50) and applies a preference point if the application isn’t drawn for a permit. There is also an option to simply pay $22.50 for a preference point.

There are antlerless permits available over the counter, however only hunters who have already been drawn for an antlered permit qualify to purchase these tags.

Grade: C

 How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Resident hunting licenses are $20.50, resident deer permits (lottery) are $37.50, with extra antlerless tags available for $17.50 each (max 5) providing the hunter has already drawn an antlered permit.  Nonresident hunting licenses are $72.50 with no short term permits available, nonresident deer tags are $322.50, and antlerless tags are available for $52.50 each, with the same ‘must have an antlered tag’ provision as the resident tags.  Therefor, a nonresident would expect to pay $395 for a single tag, unless the hunter does not get drawn for a tag, in which case Kansas keeps $21.50 and applies a preference point to that account.  There are other provisions for non-resident land owners (i.e. you own part of Kansas, but do not reside there), non-resident tenants, etc. however these really have no bearing on general nonresidents.

Grade: B

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

The Big Game page contains all the season dates needed to plan a hunt in Kansas.  I would suggest again that the central-column format be dropped, which would allow an easier to read at a glance, and print, table to be used to lay out the hunting seasons.

Grade: B

Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

The Kansas DWPT provides maps of the state’s Deer Management Areas, in addition to Wildlife Areas that provide hunting opportunities. The latter page has a link to the 2009 Regulation Summary Parks and Public Lands, however that file is not found, which leaves the question of  are the rules different’ completely unanswered.  While Kansas appears to have a lot of public hunting, that one question is enough to make experienced hunters a bit nervous.  Clicking through to the individual hunting areas provides the name and phone number of the area manager, along with a brief description and a rules summary however, such as the description for the Brzon Wildlife Area in Region 1.

Grade: B

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

A lottery system that has a 26 day open application period, antlerless tags that require the hunter (resident or nonresident) have already been drawn for the antlered permit, none of these are positive factors for Kansas.  The nonresident 2012 Quotas and Draw Stats page puts the drawing into perspective, and provides information about where to apply based on past leftover permits per management unit.   The overall license costs are not bad, however, and provided hunters are willing to apply where the leftover permits trend, a hunt could be planned without much stress.

Grade: C

Summary: Final Grade B

We’ve all seen hunting programs with professional hunters and guides praising Kansas whitetail bucks.  The short time frame for applying for a nonresident Kansas deer permit means that planning for this hunt would require hunters to plan at least a year in advance, since any hunter looking into a Kansas hunt after April will find that they have missed the permit application deadline and have to wait another year. On the plus side, since the drawing is also in April, hunters can apply and know within a few weeks if they have drawn a license and plan accordingly.  The generous public hunting options and easily acquired additional antlerless tags provide additional options for hunters as well.  It’s worth further investigation into Kansas to see if there are guides that have guaranteed whitetail licenses available.

States Completed: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware

FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinois, Indiana, Iowa


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