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Sportsmen's Calendar

Published 5/2/2012

Hunting calendar

The following is the 2012-13 hunting calendar from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks:

Turkey seasons

2012 spring turkey:

Regular (firearm/archery): April 11- May 31

Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal equipment: long, recurve or compound bows and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns 20-gauge or larger using shot sizes 2 through 9. Crossbows are legal during April 11-May 31 season only.

Limit: Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is eligible for one second turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 2 and 3 only.

2012 fall turkey:

Archery/shotgun: Oct. 1- Nov. 27, Dec. 10-31,and Jan. 14-31, 2013

Fall turkey permits in Units 1, 2, and 3 and game tags for Unit 2 may be purchased over the counter at any license vendor from July 30 through Jan. 30, 2013.

No permits authorized in Unit 4.

Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal Equipment: Shotguns 20-gauge or larger using shot sizes 2-9; long, recurve or compound bows.

Limit: Each hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit and three turkey game tags. Residents and nonresidents who purchase a turkey permit also may purchase as many as three turkey game tags valid in Unit 2 only. Fall turkey permits and game tags are valid for both male and female turkeys.

Furbearers seasons

Hunting & trapping

NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping and running seasons begin at noon on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.

Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.

Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 14-Feb. 15, 2013.

Limit: No limit.

Beaver trapping

Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 14 -March 31, 2013

Limit: No limit.

No open trapping or hunting season on any other furbearers

Running

Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.

Season dates (statewide): March 1- Nov. 1

Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.

Otter trapping

Season dates (statewide): Nov. 14- March 31, 2013

Limit: Two otters per trapper. Each individual who has trapped an otter shall contact KDWPT within 24 hours of take at (855) 778-6887 (RPT-OTTR). The pelt and skinned carcass shall be presented to KDWPT for tagging within four days of harvest. The skinned carcass, including skull, shall be surrendered to KDWPT at that time. It is the trapper's responsibility to stay aware of the season status. Updates on progress toward the 100-otter quota can be obtained by calling (855) 778-6887. Otters incidentally taken after the season closes should also be reported to this number.

Big game seasons

2012 deer application deadlines:

Nonresident deer permit draw: April 27

Resident any-deer firearms permit draw: July 13

Resident whitetail any season permit: Dec 30

Resident archery: Dec. 30

Antlerless whitetail deer permit: Jan 30, 2013

Hunt-own-land deer permit: Dec. 30

2012 deer season dates:

Youth and Disability: Sept.8-16 (Youth 16 and younger, who possess a valid deer permit, may hunt during this special deer season only while under the immediate supervision of an adult 18 or older. Any person who possesses a valid deer permit and has a permit to hunt from a vehicle pursuant to KAR 115-18-4 or a disability assistance permit issued pursuant to KAR 115-18-15 also may hunt during this season. All resident and nonresident permits are valid, and equipment restrictions designated on permits apply. Hunter orange is required.

Muzzleloader: Sept. 17-30 (The following permits may be used during this season in units specified on permit, using muzzleloader or archery equipment: resident or nonresident muzzleloader either-species/either-sex permit, resident any-season white-tailed deer permit, nonresident muzzleloader white-tailed deer permit, hunt-own-land permit, special hunt-own-land permit, antlerless white-tailed deer permit, and antlerless either-species deer permit. Hunter orange clothing is required

Archery: Sept. 17-Dec. 31

Early Firearm (DMU 19 only): Oct. 13-21

Regular firearm: Nov. 28-Dec. 9

Extended firearms whitetail antlerless-only: Jan. 1-13, 2013

Extended archery whitetail antlerless-only (DMU 19): Jan. 9-31, 2013

Special extended firearm whitetail antlerless-only: Jan.14-20, 2013 (Open for units 7, 8 and 15 only)

Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Antelope

2012 firearm & muzzleloader permit application deadline: June 8

Archery permit deadline: Oct. 30

2012 proposed antelope season dates:

Firearm: Oct. 5-8

Archery: Sept. 22-30 & Oct. 13-31

Muzzleloader: Oct. 1-8

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

2012 elk

Application deadline: July 13, hunt-own-land application deadline: March 14, 2013

2012 proposed season dates outside Fort Riley:

Muzzleloader: Sept. 1-30

Archery: Sept. 17-Dec. 31

Firearm: Nov. 28-Dec. 9 and Jan.1, 2013-March 15, 2013

2012 proposed season dates on Fort Riley:

Muzzleloader and archery: Sept. 1-30

Firearm season for holders of any-elk permits: Oct 1-Dec 31

Firearm first segment: Oct. 1-31

Firearm second segment: Nov.1-30

Firearm third segment: Dec.1-31

Migratory birds

Dove (mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves)

Season: Sept.1 - Oct. 31 and Nov 3-11, 2012

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 15

Possession limit: 30

Dove (Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves only)

Season: Nov. 20-Feb. 28, 2013

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: No limit

Possession limit: No limit

Rail (Sora and Virginia)

Season: Sept. 1-Nov. 9

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 25

Possession limit: 25

Snipe

Season: Sept. 1-Dec. 16

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 8

Possession limit: 16

Woodcock

Season: Oct. 13-Nov. 26

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 3

Possession limit: 6

Teal High Plainz Zone

Season: to be set

Area open: West of. U. S. 283

Daily bag limit: 4

Possession limit: 8

Teal, Low Plains Zone

Season: to be set

Area open: East of U. S. 283

Daily bag limit: 4

Possession limit: 8

Ducks, High Plains Zone

Season: to be set

Area open: High Plains Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: twice the daily limit

Ducks, Early Zone

Season: to be set Oct. 8-Dec. 4 and Dec. 17-Jan. 1, 2013

Area open: Early Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: twice the daily limit

Ducks, Late Zone

Season: to be set

Area open: Late Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: twice the daily limit

Ducks, Southeast Zone

Season: to be set

Area open: Southeast Zone (see map)

Daily bag limit: 6

Possession limit: twice the daily limit

Duck limits

The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than 5 mallards (only two of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 pintails, 2 scaup, 2 redhead, and 1 canvasback. Daily bag limit for mergansers is 5 (only two hooded mergansers, and daily limit for coots is 15.

Youth waterfowl seasons

High Plains Zone: to be set

Early Zone: to be set

Late Zone: to be set

Southeast Zone: to be set

Canada geese

Season: to be set

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 3 (including Brant)

Possession limit: 6

White-fronted geese

Season: to be set

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 2

Possession limit: 4

Light geese

Season: to be set

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 20

Possession limit: No limit

Sandhill crane

Season: Nov. 7-Jan 3, 2013

Daily bag limit: 3

Possession limit: 6

Upland game bird seasons

Pheasant

Regular: Nov. 10, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013

Youth: Nov. 3-4

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 4 cocks in regular season, 2 cocks in youth season

NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

Quail

Regular: Nov. 10, 2012-Jan. 31, 2013

Youth: Nov. 3-4

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 8 in regular season, 4 in youth season

Prairie chicken

Early (East zone only): Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Daily bag limit: 2

Regular (East and Northwest zones): Nov. 17, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013

Daily bag limit: 2

Southwest Zone: Nov. 17-Dec. 31

Daily bag limit: 1

Small game seasons

Squirrel

Regular: June 1-Feb. 28, 2013

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 5

Possession limit: 20

RABBITS (cottontail & jackrabbit)

Regular: all year

Area open: statewide

Daily bag limit: 10

Possession limit: 30

Bullfrogs

Regular: July 1-Oct. 31

Daily bag limit: 8

Possession limit: 24

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