Among Kansas’ big game species, antelope, also commonly referred to as pronghorn because of their hook-shaped horns, are some of the most elusive mammals to hunt in the state. With vision that can span distances as far as three miles out, and top speeds that easily rival most interstate drivers, it’s a wonder how any hunter manages to fill a tag in the species’ preferred habitat: wide open prairie. For Kansas residents willing to take on the challenge, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is accepting firearm and muzzleloader permit applications for the 2016 antelope season through June 10. Huntable populations of antelope exist only in the western portion of the state, and a limited number of muzzleloader and firearm permits are available by a lottery draw.
Applications can be made online by visiting www.ksoutdoors.com and then clicking “Hunting,” “Fees, Licenses and Permits,” then “Antelope & Elk,” or by calling the KDWPT Pratt Operations Office at (620) 672-5911. Hunters may apply for either a general resident permit, a landowner/tenant permit, a youth permit, or purchase a preference point.
Pricing for 2016 (including application and online convenience fees) are as follows:
General Resident Application: $62.50
Landowner/Tenant Application: $37.50
Resident Youth Application (age 15 and under): $22.50
Nonresident Tenant Application: $97.50
Preference Point only: $11.50
Applicants who are unsuccessful in drawing a permit for the 2016 season will be given a preference point. Only one preference point may be obtained per year.
The 2016 Muzzleloader Season is Oct. 3-10, and the Firearm Season is Oct. 7-10. Archery permits are available online and wherever hunting licenses are sold from Aug. 3-Oct. 31, 2016. The 2016 Archery Season is Sept. 24-Oct. 2 and Oct. 15-31.