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Kansas Deer Regulation Summary

GENERAL DEER INFORMATION
Permits and duplicates purchased during the open season are not valid until the next calendar day. Shooting hours for deer are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. No hunter may harvest more than one antlered deer per year except those who also possess a Commissioner Big Game permit. Deer and turkey permit fee for residents 15 and younger is half the permit fee for residents 16 and older. Unless exempt, deer hunters are required to purchase a hunting license in addition to deer permit.

Hunter Orange Requirements
All deer hunters and persons assisting deer hunters during a firearm or muzzleloader deer season must wear an orange hat and at least 200 squares inches of orange on the upper half of the body, of which 100 square inches must be visible from the front and 100 square inches must be visible from the back. Camouflage hunter orange that provides the required 200 square inches of orange is legal.

Legal Equipment
Archery: longbows, recurve bows, or compound bows that are hand drawn, that have no mechanical device to lock the bow at full or partial draw, and are designed to shoot only one arrow at a time. Crossbows are legal equipment during the archery season for hunters who possess a youth deer
permit valid during the archery season and hunters 55 and older with a permit valid during the archery season. In addition, four units will be designated to allow crossbow hunting for all hunters with permits valid during the archery season. Disabled persons who, in addition to a deer permit, possess a disability assistance permit as authorized under KAR 115-18-7, may hunt with crossbows or bows with a draw-lock device attached. No electronic devices may be attached to the bow, except for lighted sight pins,
dots, or holographic sights. Lighted nocks may be used on arrows. Arrows used for hunting big game and turkeys must be equipped with broadhead points that cannot pass through a ring 3/4-inch in diameter when fully expanded. Non-broadhead arrows may be in possession while hunting. Devices capable of dispensing chemicals to take big game animals may not be used.

Firearm: centerfire rifles and handguns that are not fully automatic and that fire a bullet larger than .23 inches in diameter and that use a cartridge case that is 1.280 inches or more in length, while using only hardcast solid lead, soft point, hollow point, or other expanding bullets; shotguns 20-gauge or larger, using only slugs.

Muzzleloader: muzzleloading rifles or muskets that can be loaded only through the front of the firing chamber with separate components and that fire a bullet of .39 inches diameter or larger; muzzleloading single- barrel pistols having a barrel length of 10 inches or greater that can be loaded only through the front of the barrel with separate components and are .45 caliber or larger. Only hard-cast solid lead, conical lead, or saboted bullets weighing 210 grains or greater may be used with muzzleloading pistols. Muzzleloader-only permit holders may not have a rimfire or centerfire firearm in possession while hunting deer. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible
light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or infrared light may be used with any equipment.

PERMIT DESCRIPTIONS
Hunting restricted to unit(s) listed on permit.
Resident Any-season White-tailed Deer Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer
Any-season White-tailed Deer permits are valid statewide in any season with equipment legal for that season. Available over the counter and online through Dec. 30 to residents only.
Resident Firearm Either Species/Either Sex Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer
Firearm Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid either in the West Zone, (see map at right) or in the East Zone during the regular firearm season using any legal equipment. Available to
residents only, by draw. Application deadline July 13, 2012.

Resident Muzzleloader Either-Species/Either-sex
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer
Muzzleloader Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid either in the West Zone, (see map at right) or in the East Zone during the muzzleloader-only and regular firearm seasons using muzzleloading or archery equipment only. Available over the counter and online through Dec. 30 to residents only.
Resident Archery Either-species/Either Sex
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed or mule deer
Resident Archery Either-species/Either-sex Deer permits are valid statewide with archery equipment during archery season. Available over the counter and online through Dec. 30 to residents only.
Nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe or fawn white-tailed deer
Nonresident Muzzleloader White-tailed Deer permits are available only by draw and are valid in two adjacent management units listed on the permit during the muzzleloader-only and regular firearm seasons (muzzleloading or archery equipment only). Application deadline last Friday in April.
Nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer
Nonresident Archery White-tailed Deer permits are available only by
draw and are valid in two adjacent management units listed on the permit
and DMU 19. Application deadline is the last Friday in April.
Nonresidents who receive a Nonresident Archery or Muzzleloader Whitetailed
Deer permit in Deer Management Unit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 17 or 18
may also apply for one of a limited number of Mule Deer Stamps. If
drawn, their permit becomes a Nonresident Archery or Muzzleloader Either-
Species/Either-sex permit with a bag limit of one (1) buck, doe, or
fawn white-tailed or mule deer in two adjacent management units listed
on the permit.
Nonresident Firearm White-tailed Deer
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn white-tailed deer.
Nonresident Firearm White-tailed Deer permits are available only by
draw and are valid in two adjacent management units listed on the permit
during the regular firearm season. Application deadline is the last Friday
in April.
Hunt-own Land
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn mule or white-tailed deer
Hunt-Own-Land permits are valid for any season with equipment legal
for that season on lands owned and operated for agricultural purposes.
This permit is available to individuals who qualify as landowners, tenants,
nonresident landowners or as family members living with the resident
landowner or tenant. Available over-the-counter and online.
Special Hunt-own Land
Bag limit: One (1) buck, doe, or fawn mule or white-tailed deer
This permit may be issued to a resident landowner’s or tenant’s siblings
and lineal ascendants or descendants, and their spouses, whether or
not a Kansas resident, (for example, a grandson and his wife, a daughter
and her husband, a parent, or a brother and his wife would be eligible for
this permit. A landowner’s or tenant’s uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or
cousin is not eligible for this permit.) The permit is valid only on lands
owned or operated by the landowner or tenant, and may be used in any
season with equipment legal for that season. Permits are limited to one
per 80 acres owned or operated. Available over-the-counter and online.
Hunter must have a deer permit that allows the taking of an antlered
deer before acquiring an antlerless permit
Antlerless-only White-tailed Deer
Bag Limit: One (1) white-tailed deer without a visible antler protruding
from skull.
As many as five Antlerless White-tailed Deer permits may be purchased.
The first antlerless permit purchased is valid statewide (STW), including
all KDWPT-managed public hunting areas. The second antlerless
permit is valid in all units (ALL) on private lands with landowner permission,
on Walk-In Hunting Areas, and on Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanopolis,
Kirwin, Lovewell, Norton, Webster and Wilson wildlife areas.
Up to three additional such permits may be issued to the same individual
and are valid only in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 19 on
private land with landowner permission, Walk-In Hunting Areas, and
Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Kirwin, Lovewell, Norton, Webster
and Wilson wildlife areas. All antlerless white-tailed permits are valid
during any season with equipment legal for that season. Available overthe-
counter and online through January 30, 2013.
Antlerless-only Either-Species
Bag Limit: One (1) mule or white-tailed deer without a visible antler
protruding from skull
Unit specific Antlerless Either-species Deer permits are valid for any
antlerless white-tailed or mule deer within Deer Management Units 1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 17, 18 only during any season with equipment legal for that season.A
limited number of permits are vailable over-the-counter and online on a firstcome,
first-served basis through January 30, 2013.
PERMIT CLASSES
Resident: A resident is defined as any person who has continuously lived
in Kansas for 60 days immediately preceding the person’s application for a
hunting license or permit. Members of the armed services on active duty
who were Kansas residents at the time of entering the service, and immediate
family members living with them, are considered residents regardless of
duty station. Members of the armed services on active duty and officially
stationed in Kansas may purchase resident licenses and permits, except for
lifetime licenses. Any holder of a Kansas lifetime hunting license who has
moved from the state may apply for permits as a resident. Any person who
is a registered full-time student in residence at a public or private secondary,
post secondary, or vocational school located in Kansas may purchase
resident licenses and permits, except lifetime licenses. While hunting, the
student must carry evidence of being a full-time student residing in Kansas.
Landowner/Tenant: A landowner is any resident who owns 80 acres or
more of Kansas farm or ranch land. When applying for a landowner/tenant
permit, land owned must be in the unit applying for.
A tenant is any resident or nonresident who is actively engaged in the
agricultural operation of 80 acres or more of Kansas farm or ranch land for
the purpose of producing agricultural commodities or livestock and (A) has
a substantial financial investment in the production of agricultural commodities
or livestock on such farm or ranch land and the potential to realize
substantial financial benefit from such production or, (B) is a bona fide
manager having an overall responsibility to direct, supervise and conduct
such agricultural operation and have the potential to realize substantial benefit
from such production in the form of salary, shares of such production
or some other economic incentive based upon such production. Evidence of
tenancy, if requested, shall be provided to the department and may include,
but is not limited to, Natural Resource Conservation Service records, Farm
Service Agency records, or written agricultural contract or lease documentation.
Land must be located in the unit you are applying for to qualify.
Members of the immediate family who are domiciled with a resident
landowner or tenant may apply for a resident big game permit as a landowner
or as a tenant, but at least 80 acres must be owned by such landowner or operated
by such tenant for each individual applying as a landowner or as a tenant.
Nonresident Landowner: Any nonresident who owns 80 acres or more
of Kansas farm or ranch land. Nonresident landowners may purchase
Hunt-own-land deer permits, but only those listed on the deed are eligible.
Nonresident: Anyone who doesn’t qualify in the definitions above.
TAGGING AND POST-HARVEST INFORMATION
1. Sign permit prior to hunting.
2. After harvesting animal, sign, date, and affix carcass tag to animal in a visible manner.
Carcass tag must be attached before moving carcass from harvest site. Permits purchased through the internet include a carcass tag that is printed with
the permit. To protect non-waterproof tags,
place carcass tag in a clear plastic bag and
attach it to the leg of the animal in a visible
manner.
Carcass tag must remain attached to the
carcass until processed for consumption.
The permittee must retain the carcass tag
until the carcass is consumed, given to another,
or otherwise disposed of.
For all antlerless deer permits, the head
of the deer shall remain naturally attached
to the carcass while in transit from the site
of the kill to the permittee’s residence or to
a place of processing or preservation, or
the permittee has obtained a transportation
confirmation number after electronically
registering the deer (see below) or the
permittee retains photographs necessary for electronic registration until
registration occurs. Nonresidents must also meet other states’ requirements
while in transit or possession of deer and turkey carcasses.
The department regularly asks hunters to complete a harvest report
indicating success and other related information. Hunters may be sent
a card in the mail directing them to an online survey website. State law
(K.S.A. 32-937) requires that hunters receiving a harvest report card
complete the survey. The information provided assists in managing
wildlife resources. In addition, deer teeth collection envelopes are mailed
to a small portion of hunters, whose cooperation provides vital information
used to manage the Kansas deer herd.
Report Marked or Tagged Wildlife
Contact KDWPT as soon as you find or harvest any wildlife that has
been marked with a collar, ear tag or leg band. The location, date, and
animal number will be useful. Wildlife scientists may ask to examine
the animal and collect additional samples.
Leftover nonresident whitetail either-sex
permits available first-come, first-served,
online beginning June 18, 2012
DEER SEASONS
Hunting restricted to unit(s) listed on permit.
Youth & Disabled:
Sept. 8-16, 2012
Muzzleloader-Only:
Sept. 17 - Sept. 30, 2012
Archery:
Sept. 17 - Dec. 31, 2012
Early Firearm (DMU 19 only):
Oct. 13-21, 2012
Regular Firearm:
Nov. 28 - Dec. 9, 2012
Extended Antlerless-Only Whitetail:
(Statewide)
Jan. 1-13, 2013
Special Extended Antlerless-Only Whitetail:
(Units 7, 8, and 15 only)
Jan. 14-20, 2013
Extended Archery (DMU 19 only):
Jan. 14-31, 2013
This publication is a summary of deer and turkey hunting regulations.
The complete laws and regulations on which this summary
is based are available online. To view or download laws or
regulations governing hunting in Kansas, go to this link:
kdwp.state.ks.us/regulations.
Information provided may not fully reflect all applicable
laws or regulations relating to hunting. For additional information,
contact:
KDWPT
512 SE 25th Ave,
Pratt, KS 67124-8174
Phone: (620) 672-5911
Fax: (620) 672-3013
Website: ksoutdoors.com

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