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Hunting in Kansas: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Sunday, 24 May 2015 10:28 AM

Fall is, most notably, big game season in the majority of states. In this, Kansas is no exception. It's the cyclic breeding and rut season. In addition, many species migrate from their summer to winter ranges during this time of year. It's the optimal time for population culling as it decreases the demand on reduced winter resources such as shelter and food, thus ensuring healthier survival rates.

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1. Elk


One unique aspect of Kansas hunting is the use of multiple segment hunts for their elk harvest, to control the rate of take for population control and culling during and after rut. Muzzleloader and archery seasons occur during the active rut, in September. Outside Fort Riley, archery season stretches through the end of December, coinciding with rifle season. Although more aggressive, elk bucks in rut are also a great deal more distracted by their focus on breeding, and thus less alert to the presence or proximity of hunters. Rifle season has three segmentations on Fort Riley, in October, November, and December. Outside Fort Riley, fall rifle season is limited to a 10-day period in early December.


2. Turkey

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Regular fall season runs from the beginning of October through the end of November, then from the middle of December through the end of January. The hunting season gap coincides with the state's rifle season for mule and white-tailed deer. Only Unit 4, in the southwestern region of the state, is closed to fall turkey hunting, according to the state website.

3. Deer

Mule deer and white-tailed deer both proliferate throughout Kansas. Dates for rifle hunting vary depending on the area of the state or deer management unit chosen at the time of permit purchase. For instance, Fort Leavenworth military base only has active hunting dates on weekends in late November and December.

4. Game Birds

Migratory and Upland game birds are the other major fall sport category. Kansas employs statewide seasons for the majority of their resident game birds, although exact season dates vary widely. Legal hunting of some species may require the purchase of multiple federal and state permits as well.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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