The 2012-2013 fall turkey season is coming to a close, but not before hunters get one last chance to bag their late-season bird. From Jan. 14-31, hunters will have the opportunity to hunt turkey once more in any of the five open units. The next opportunity to hunt turkey won’t come again until the beginning of April, so it’s time to hit the blind one last time!
Fall permit holders can hunt Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 for fall turkey and may only hunt within the management unit printed on their permits. In addition, hunters must have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by law. Any hunter with a fall turkey permit can purchase as many as three turkey game tags during the fall season, valid in Units 2, 3, 5 and 6. During the fall season, both toms and hens may be taken.
The 2013 spring turkey season will begin with the archery, youth/disabled season, April 1-9, and the firearm season will run April 10 – May 31.
A limited number of spring turkey permits are allocated for Unit 4 (southwest Kansas) and will be available through online application. The deadline to apply for a Unit 4 spring turkey permit is Feb. 8, 2013. New this spring season, Unit 4 permits will also be valid in adjacent Units 1, 2 and 5.
2013 Spring turkey permits for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 are now available for purchase both online or at any vendor location through May 30. In addition to a spring turkey permit, hunters may also purchase one turkey game tag, valid in Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. Hunters can save if they purchase the spring turkey permit/game tag combo, which is only available through March 31. After March 31, permit and game tags can be purchased separately at full price. Each spring permit and game tag allows the harvest of one bearded turkey.
For more information on turkey permits, including spring turkey fees or how to apply for a Unit 4 permit, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting/Applications and Fees/Turkey.”
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