2012 Kansas Spring Turkey Hunting Season

Wild turkeys were reintroduced into Kansas in the 1960s, and the program has been a great success. Today, huntable populations of turkeys exist in nearly every county. The Rio Grande subspecies dominates the western two-thirds of the state. Low numbers in the southwest provide only limited hunting. Hybrid Rio Grande/Eastern birds are found in the north central region. The Eastern subspecies is common in the northeast and far southeast regions, where numbers have grown tremendously in recent years.


  • Regular (firearm/archery): April 11 – May 31
  • Archery-Only : April 1 – 10
  • Youth/Disabled : April 1 – 10
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Legal Equipment: long, recurve or compound bows and shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns 20 gauge or larger using shot sizes 2 through 9. Crossbows are legal during April 11 – May 31 season only.
  • Limit: Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is eligible for one second turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 2 and 3 ONLY.
  • Click here for 2012 Spring Turkey Regulations.
  • In addition to your turkey permit and tag, you MUST have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by Kansas Law.
  • Kansas youth (15 and under) may purchase a spring turkey permit valid statewide for $12.50.
  • Any resident or nonresident hunter may purchase a turkey permit valid in units 1,2 and 3. A turkey permit is valid for one bearded turkey.
  • Any hunter with a spring turkey permit is eligible to purchase one (1) spring turkey game tag valid only in units 2 and 3. A spring turkey game tag is valid for one bearded turkey.
  • Permit will be valid in units 1,2, and 3. Game tag will be valid in units 2 and 3 ONLY.
  • Spring turkey permits and game tags may be purchased online or at any vendor location through May 30, 2012.


  • General Resident Permit $22.50
  • Landowner/Tenant Permit $12.50
  • Resident Youth Permit $12.50
  • Nonresident Permit $32.50
  • Resident Turkey Game Tag $12.50
  • Nonresident Turkey Game Tag $22.50