September 29, 2022

Kansas Has Hunting Law Changes

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When hunters take to the woods this hunting season, several changes are in affect. Here is a quick glance at them.

Big game

• After Dec. 30, deer hunters may purchase antlerless only deer game tags valid during the January season without having first purchased an antlered deer permit.

• Unlimited archery antelope permits are now available to nonresidents (firearms and muzzleloader permits still restricted to residents only).

• The elk unit has been expanded to include the entire state except Morton county.

Upland birds

• Pheasant season will open the first Saturday in November.

• Quail season will open the second Saturday in November.

• Quail units have been eliminated.

• Quail season will end the third Sunday in January.

• Prairie chicken season will the third Saturday in November, as it did last year.

Sandhill cranes

• All sandhill crane hunters must take an online crane identification test before obtaining a sandhill crane permit.


• A new Department of Animal Health rule states that “no person shall engage in, sponsor, instigate, assist, or profit from the release, killing, wounding or attempted killing or wounding of feral swine for the purpose of sport, pleasure, amusement, or production of a trophy.”

• “Owners or legal occupants of land, the employees of such owners or legal occupants or persons designated by such owners or legal occupants may kill any feral swine when found on their premises or when destroying property. Such designees shall have a permit issued by the livestock commissioner in their possession at the time of the killing of the feral swine.”

Tom Remington