Hunting Story Starters


Kansas is a favorite draw for hunters, who are drawn by an abundance of whitetail deer, waterfow, pheasant and more.  Kansas' trophy bucks are well-known. What is not so well-known is the amount of public land available on which to pursue those bucks, as well as the healthy population of does across the state. More than one million acres of private land is annually made accessible to the public. 


The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism developed the Pass It On program to generate renewed interest in Kansas hunting, with activities designed to retain existing hunters and recruit new ones. Since 2001, Pass It On's primary focus has been teaching outdoor skills and introducing young people to Kansas' hunting heritage. Each year, KDWPT hosts youth outdoor skills events in cooperation with local conservation organizations. These field days teach participants about things like beginning shotgun wing shooting, archery, and rifle or pellet-gun shooting.


Every year, Kansas attracts many out-of-state hunters who flock to the state's marshes, prairies and woods for waterfowl, big game and great memories. Unlike resident hunters, guest hunters rarely have the personal relationships with private landowners and other services that make a hunt manageable so far from home.  That's why Kansas' private lodges and controlled shooting areas have been a successful and important asset in Kansas hunting. Private lodges provide a full range of hunting support ¬- including licensing and permits, expert guides, trained dogs if needed, convenient lodging, hearty meals, timely connections with local taxidermists, and support to dress, pack and ship the meat home. Private fee-to-hunt areas are licensed by KDWPT. For a list of these services, including private hunting locations and other resources for hunters, visit