Turkey Hunting in Kansas

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  • 300,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Eastern, Rios and hybrids

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 50,000 (estimated)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $55.50

    That's for a hunting license, turkey permit and turkey game tag.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $127.50

    That's for a hunting license, turkey permit and turkey game tag.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Kansas might be one of the better turkey hunting states in the country right now.

Two different specific turkey subspecies are available – Rios in the west, Easterns to the east, with hybrids of the two in the middle. Though admittedly, flocks don't read such posts as this, so birds of these variations might end up anywhere.

In the end, they're wild, and they're turkeys. 

Over-the-counter tags offer additional appeal, with a long spring season, including some exceptional fall and winter turkey hunting. As of this update, future management strategies may influence the latter opportunities. As always such decisions are based on revenue streams to wildlife agencies, hunter perception of spring turkey vs. fall/winter seasons and, one always hopes, science over sentiment.

What’s Kansas habitat like?

Expect prairie river bottoms to hill-country timber and farmland.

And you'd better be in shape for a long walk to the truck with a dead gobbler in the back of your turkey vest.

Birds run heavy: 22- and 23-pounders don't even raise an eyebrow here. Kansas has solid hunting access.

First, while outfitters have some land tied up, hunts are often affordable, and they make good options for the turkey hunter short on time. These guides will put you on birds.

Second, Kansas is as great a place as ever for knocking on doors and getting access. Much like Nebraska to the north, farmers here aren't enamored with seed-eating turkeys.

Finally, Kansas' Walk-In-Hunting Areas (WIHA) program provides private lands open to hunting across the state. 

Turkey Hunting in Kansas. (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

Fun Fact: Back in May 10, 2002, state resident Jason Hay killed an atypical Kansas Eastern. The turkey had eight beards, with the longest taping 10.1250 inches.

– Steve Hickoff

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