Deer Hunting in Kansas

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  • B
  • 585,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 118,124

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $80

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $540

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 199 2/8"

    The top-scoring Kansas typical was picked up in 1999 by a farmer. It's the 21st-largest typical whitetail on record.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 449

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 295"

    Pick up by James E. Wanklyn in Marshall Co. in 2012. The buck is the 10th-largest non-typical whitetail on record.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 377

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Art Helin arrowed this big Kansas buck. (Photo courtesy of Art Helin)

Season Dates (2018):

Archery season opens September 17 and runs through December 31. The muzzleloader season is September 17 to 30 and firearms season is November 28 to December 9. Youth and disabled season is September 8 to 16. There are also extended archery and firearms season for certain areas. Check regulations. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: B

I know. I know. Kansas didn't get an A again this year. Why? Tags were already really expensive. Tags are expensive. Also, there isn't a lot of public land. Lastly, despite the increased license costs, there were even more applicants this year. Which means it's even harder to draw a tag now.

The state's excellent Walk-In Hunting Access program is also not quite as robust as it once was. Each year the properties enrolled in the program can -- and will -- change. That's to be expected. That said, the amount of high-quality ground in the program seems to have declined and those lands replacing them aren't of the same caliber. Which can leave those without private land to hunt left with slim pickings indeed. 

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Kansas' all-time top-scoring typical tagged by a hunter is a 198 2/8-inch giant from Nemaha County, taken by Dennis Finger in 1974. Two other whitetails that would have surpassed that mark have been illegally taken and the poachers attempted to submit the deer to the Boone & Crockett records. A 199 7/8-inch typical was poached wtih a rifle in 1999 and was confiscated when it was revealed that a non-resident hunter had used a relative's resident permit to tag the buck and, more recently, a buck reportedly topping 198 7/8 inches was confiscated at a deer hunting expo.

Kansas Harvests

  • Colette Coursey

    Elk , Kansas

  • Lisa West

    Cowley, Kansas

From the Realtree Trophy Den