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Kansas hunters offered chances to hunt on land not otherwise open to hunting

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Hunters in Kansas have been offered more than 350 chances to hunt on land not otherwise open to the activity through a state-run program.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that exclusive access to land not normally open to hunting with above-average success rates is available through its Special Hunts program. The program provides hundreds of hunts each fall and winter, for free, as long as hunters apply and are selected.

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks noted that the Special Hunts program offers chances with limited access to public and private lands, including refuge areas for deer, upland game, waterfowl, doves, turkey and furbearers.

In the fall and winter of 2024, conservation specialists said more than 350 individual Special Hunt opportunities exist through one draw, as opposed to multiple draws previously. The application period is open through July 28.

The Department indicated that resident and nonresident hunters are welcome to apply, however, some hunts are restricted to residents only. When hunters apply online, they should select hunts by species, date and category. All applicants can apply for Open Hunts, regardless of age or experience.

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks noted that Youth Hunts require parties to include at least one hunter age 17 or younger, accompanied by an adult age 21 or older. Mentored Hunts are open to youth and novice hunters supervised by a mentor age 21 or older.

Conservationists said email notifications will be sent to both successful and unsuccessful applicants in mid-August. Those successful will also be emailed their permit and other pertinent information. Hunters are responsible for the purchase of necessary licenses and permits required by law. Nonresident deer hunters are required to have drawn a Kansas permit over the spring to be eligible for Special Hunts for deer.

Please call available hunts can be foound here:  https://programs.ksoutdoors.com/Programs/Special-Hunts/2024-Fall-Winter-Hunts

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