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Hunting in Kansas: Top Spots for Hunting in the Sunflower State

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 01:08 PM

Kansas has a vibrant range of ecosystems spanning the width of the state, and an equally colorful collection of game species available for hunting throughout the year. In addition to big game, furbearers, migratory birds, and upland birds are huge draws for sport hunting.

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1. Elk
The greatest saturation of elk herds is in and around the Fort Riley Military Reservation, designated as Units 2 and 2A respectively. Tags are about as easy to obtain, however, as a winning lottery ticket. A hunter's next best chance at tagging an elk is in the southwestern-most corner of the state, near the Colorado and Oklahoma borders, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. But this region is designated Unit 1, and has been closed to elk hunting. Unlimited permits are available for landowners/tenants in many areas.

2. Antelope
The primary range of antelope in Kansas lies in the southwestern corner of the state. According to game management reports and tracking, this is a high and reliable saturation area.

3. Deer
Mule deer populations are concentrated in the westernmost corridor of Kansas, the wildlife department said. Traveling east, mule deer numbers decrease and whitetail deer numbers increase, with their greatest saturation in the easternmost corridor of the state. This region also happens to possess the greatest percentage of urban development and residential concentration.

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4. Furbearers
The highest saturation of bobcat harvesting in the most recently documented season occurred in the north-central and southeastern regions of the state, the state website said. Coyote are prevalent throughout Kansas thanks to their high adaptability and resilience. Swift fox is the other popular canid species, and thrives on the prairie ecosystem that encompasses much of Kansas. Their strongest presence is in the westernmost corridor of the state.

5. Game Birds
The ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail are some of the most popular with sport hunters. Though not indigenous to Kansas, the pheasant maintains a strong population throughout much of the central region of the state. Quail are largely concentrated in the eastern portion of the state, but the southeastern region consistently reports the highest harvests.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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