JOPLIN, Mo. (KSNF) – Kansas has 300,000 acres of public land and more than 1 million acres of private land seasonally that is open to hunters.

Additionally, Kansas has approximately one-half million acres of professionally managed hunting facilities providing private fee-to-hunt access. 

You will find many hunting options in Kansas from September through May, as well as some seasonal hunting throughout other months.

The state is known as “the land of the giants” and is recognized as one of the top three states for pheasant and quail.

You can also hunt deer, upland game, waterfowl and more.

Known for its vast variety of hunting, expansive outdoors, and tons of public land, Kansas is not only a great place to hunt as a Kansan but also a travel hunter destination, hosting hunters from around the world.

With numerous outfitters, reserves, and preserves, one can even learn to hunt once completing their hunter certification courses, with guides who know the state well.

Here is a look at the range of dates for notable hunting seasons in Kansas, whether they’re ongoing or coming up:

Current Season

AnimalDates
Antelope – Archery (Early)9/24/22 – 10/2/22
Greater Prairie Chicken Regular9/15/22 – 1/31/23
Deer – Archery9/12/22 – 12/31/22
Deer – Archer (Ft. Riley)9/12/22 – 12/31/22
Elk (Outside Ft. Riley) – Archery9/12/22 – 12/31/22
Snipe9/1/22 – 12/16/22
Elk (Outside Ft. Riley) – Muzzleloader9/1/22 – 9/30/22
Elk (Ft. Riley) – Muzzleloader / Archery9/1/22 – 9/30/22
Dove (mourning and whitewing)9/1/22 – 11/29/22
Rail9/1/22 – 11/9/22
Bullfrog7/1/22 – 10/31/22
Squirrel6/1/22 – 2/28/23
Running3/1/22 – 11/8/22
Exotic Dove (Eurasian collared, ringed turtle)1/1/22 – 12/31/22
Rabbit1/1/22 – 12/31/22
Coyote1/1/22 – 1/1/23

Upcoming Seasons

AnimalDates
Fall Turkey10/1/22 – 11/10/22
Elk (Ft. Riley) – Firearm season for any elk permit holders10/1/22 – 12/31/22
Elk (Ft. Riley) – Firearms, first segment10/1/22 – 10/31/22
Duck – Youth/Veteran/Active Military (High Plains)10/1/22 – 10/2/22
Duck – Youth/Veteran/Active Military (Low Plains Early)10/1/22 – 10/2/22
Antelope – Muzzleloader10/3/22 – 10/10/22
Antelope – Firearm10/7/22 – 10/10/22
Deer – Pre-rut Whitetail Anterless-only10/8/22 – 10/10/22
Deer – Ft. Riley – Youth & Disability (2nd segment)10/8/22 – 10/10/22
Ducks – High Plains Unit (First segment)10/8/22 – 1/1/23
Ducks – Low Plains Early Zone (First segment)10/8/22 – 12/4/22
Woodcock10/15/22 – 11/28/22
Antelope – Archery (Late)10/15/22 – 11/28/22
Duck – Youth/Veteran/Active Military (Low Plains Late)10/22/22 – 10/23/22
Ducks – Low Plains Late Zone (First segment)10/29/22 – 1/1/23
Dark Geese (First Segment)10/29/22 – 10/30/22
White-fronted Geese (First Segment)10/29/22 – 1/1/23
Light Geese (First Segment)10/29/22 – 10/30/22
Duck – Youth/Veteran/Active Military (Low Plains Southeast)10/29/22 – 10/30/22
Elk (Ft. Riley) – Firearms, Second Segment11/1/22 – 11/30/22
Light Geese (Second Segment)11/2/22 – 2/12/23

For more information on hunting in Kansas, you can visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, click here.