General Information on Turkey Hunting

Spring Turkey Season Regulations

  • Dogs Usage: Dogs are prohibited during the spring turkey season. In the fall season, the use of dogs is allowed.

  • Transferability: Turkey permits are non-transferable.

  • Shooting Regulations: Turkeys can be shot only when on the ground or in flight. It is illegal to shoot turkeys roosting in trees.

  • Permit Validity: Permits and game tags are immediately valid after purchase.

  • Unit Specificity: Turkey permits and game tags are valid only in designated units as specified on the permits or tags.

  • Same-Day Harvest: Individuals with a turkey permit and game tag can harvest both turkeys on the same day.

  • License Requirement: A valid Kansas hunting license is mandatory, unless exempted by law, in addition to a permit or game tag.

Subspecies Distribution

  • Rio Grande Turkey
  • Eastern Turkey

Legal Equipment

  • Shotguns: Shot sizes 2-9 are allowed.
  • Bows: Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows are permitted.
  • Electronic Devices: No electronic devices controlling arrow flight are allowed. Permitted devices include lighted pin, dot, or holographic sights; illuminated nocks; rangefinders; film or video cameras; and radio-frequency location devices.
  • Optical Scopes: Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights projecting no visible light toward the target are permissible.
  • Broadhead Points: Arrows for turkey hunting must have broadhead points that cannot pass through a 3/4-inch diameter ring when fully expanded.
  • Prohibited Equipment: Devices dispensing chemicals for taking big game animals are not allowed.

Special Regulations for Youth and Disabled Permit Holders

  • Equipment Usage: Youth and disabled permit holders have flexibility in equipment use during the Spring Youth/Disabled season and Archery Season.

Turkey Season Dates Spring 2023 (2024 Dates Not Released Yet)

Archery Season

  • Date: 04/03/2023 - 04/11/2023
  • Equipment: Recurve or compound bows and crossbows
  • Permit Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Dog Usage: Not allowed in the spring season

Regular Season

  • Date: 04/12/2023 - 05/31/2023
  • Equipment: Shotguns (sizes 2-9), bows, crossbows
  • Permit Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Dog Usage: Not allowed in the spring season

Youth/Disabled Season

  • Date: 04/01/2023 - 04/11/2023
  • Eligibility:
    • Open to individuals with a valid turkey permit or second turkey game tag.
    • Participants must be 17 years of age or younger.
    • Hunters must be under the immediate supervision of an adult who is 18 years of age or older.
    • Persons with disabilities as defined in K.S.A. 8-1,124 are also eligible.
  • Permit Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Bag Limit: One turkey with a visible beard
  • Dog Usage: Not allowed in the spring season

Bird Limits by Unit for all Seasons:

  • UNIT 1: One permit (valid for one turkey with a visible beard) and one additional game tag.
  • UNIT 2: One permit (valid for one turkey with a visible beard) and one additional game tag.
  • UNIT 3: One permit (valid for one turkey with a visible beard).
  • UNIT 4: Permits available by special lottery draw only.
  • UNIT 5: One permit (valid for one turkey with a visible beard).
  • UNIT 6: One permit (valid for one turkey with a visible beard).

Note: This information is presented in a simplified tabular format for easy reference.

Post-Harvest Instructions and Distances from Wichita

  • Paper Permits and Tags Bought Online:

    • Should be printed on a desktop printer.
    • Protect non-waterproof paper tags by placing them in a clear plastic bag and attaching them to the leg with a zip-tie or other means.
  • Carcass Tag Usage:

    • Must stay attached to the animal during transport.
    • Kept with the meat until consumed, given to another, or disposed of.

Turkey Tags

  • Beard Attachment:

    • The beard of a turkey taken in spring must remain naturally attached to the breast during transit from the kill site.
  • Voluntary Registration for Paper Tag Users:

    • Hunters using paper tags can voluntarily register their birds to bone them out in the field.
    • Involves sending photos to KDWPT of the bird with the attached beard and carcass tag before boning the meat.
    • A confirmation number will be sent, allowing the transport of the meat, and the carcass may be left at the hunting site.
  • Electronic Registration for E-Tags:

    • Hunters opting for e-tags will keep the turkey permit and e-tag on their mobile device.
    • To validate an e-tag when a bird is killed:
      • Open the "HuntFishKS" mobile app.
      • Record the date and time of the kill and submit a clear photograph of the entire carcass, showing the beard (if taken in the spring).
    • Once submitted, a confirmation number will be displayed in the app.
    • This number must be retained on the mobile device during transport and until the meat is consumed, given to another, or disposed of.

Distances from Wichita

Cities East of Wichita

  • Junction City, El Dorado: 27 miles
  • Manhattan: 39 miles
  • Emporia: 62 miles
  • Topeka: 85 miles
  • Pittsburg: 142 miles

Cities West of Wichita

  • Pratt, Great Bend: 78 miles
  • Greensburg, Hays: 110 miles
  • Dodge City: 148 miles
  • Garden City, Liberal, Oakley: 198 miles

Note: Distances are approximate and serve as a general reference for hunters statewide. For more detailed information, consult a Kansas highway map.

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