Nonresidents who want to hunt deer must first get a nonresident deer permit (along with a nonresident hunting license) through a drawing, and the application window is generally rather narrow. In 2018, nonresident hunters, for example, had just from April 1 to April 27 to apply for a deer permit. After that date, the quota was filled.
Kansas has five zones at which deer may be hunted: Zone 1 - Central and Southern Kansas including Manhattan and Wyandotte counties; Zone 2 - North-Central and Northeastern Kansas including Russell County; Zone 3 - Southwestern and Southeastern Kansas including Allen and Douglas counties; Zone 4 - Eastern Kansas near major cities or towns including Johnson County; Zone 5 - Western Kansas including Sedgwick County.
In each zone, there is a separate drawing for residents and nonresidents to determine their share of the available permits. The number of permits issued is usually not enough to meet demand, so additional permits are sometimes made available through another drawing. For example, in 2018, Kansas issued about 14,000 nonresident deer permits but only about 5,600 of these were actually used by hunters. The remaining 9,400 nonresident permits were cancelled because they did not meet eligibility requirements or were not purchased by hunters.
Generally speaking, Kansas is a good state to hunt deer if you live in an area where there are still plenty of animals around.
Deer hunting permits are necessary. The dates are November 24–27, and December 10–February 19. There are only 7,500 licenses available. Permits are required for specialty hunts such as the handicapped hunting season. During the juvenile hunting season, nonresident junior hunters are not permitted to hunt.
Zone D includes all of Madison County along with parts of three other counties in West Virginia. Hunters inside this zone should use caution not to trespass on private property or hunt without a permit.
The best times to go deer hunting are early morning and late evening when most animals are active on the landscape and deer traffic is high. Hunting from a vehicle makes it possible to monitor more of the area and gives us better chances of seeing activity that would otherwise be hidden from view. When hunting from a vehicle, keep in mind that some animals will try to find cover if they hear you coming, so be alert and don't scare away any prey.
Hunting from a blind provides an advantage because you have full control of your environment. You can choose the location of your blind carefully so that it offers the best view of the action while being out of sight of other hunters. Once set up, you don't have to worry about disturbing the vegetation or hiding its construction from others on the hunt. Blinds come in many different sizes and shapes but usually include seating for at least one person.
Archery Seasons Dates A person with an archery license may hunt in any permit area except 287 (Itasca State Park) and take deer in accordance with the laws. Firearm Option Statewide Sept. 19-Dec. 31 (A) The regular firearms hunting season in Minnesota begins on the first Saturday in September and ends on the last Saturday in December. Private land owners can decide when hunting will be permitted on their property by posting "No Hunting" signs. Public lands that are open to hunting include national forests, grasslands, and wildlife refuges. Hunters should know the local regulations regarding firearms while hunting.
The regular firearms hunting season in Minnesota begins on the first Saturday in September and ends on the last Saturday in December.
Big Game Seasons Dates A person may not take a black bear during its hibernation period or during the rutting season. The regular big game seasons are: antlered deer - Nov. 1-30; deer - Nov. 1-30; elk - Nov. 1-30; moose - Nov. 1-30; pronghorn - Nov. 1-30.
The Illinois DNR holds a lottery for the Illinois deer season every year. The application time for archery permits is in June. We suggest that you apply online in early June. Please visit the Illinois DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov to apply.
Archery permits are available each year from mid-August through late September. The number of permits issued each year varies depending on how many applicants meet the qualification requirements. In addition, there is a quota system in place that limits the total number of deer that can be harvested by bow in Illinois. If this limit is reached before the season ends, then more permits will be issued in the next year's lottery.
It is not easy to win the Illinois lottery. To do so, you need to meet certain criteria. These include being at least 18 years old, having a valid driver's license, and showing an interest in hunting. Additional factors such as gender, age, location, experience level, type of permit requested, etc may also influence whether or not you get your permit. For example, if you live in an area where there is a lot of bear activity, you would have a better chance of being selected if you applied for a bear-hunting permit rather than a general purpose permit. However, even if you don't win the lottery, you still have the opportunity to apply under-age hunters.
Legal hunting hours are from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after dusk. There will be no rifle deer hunting on Sunday. Sunday bowhunting is permitted in limited quantities. Each permit season, only one antlerless permit per zone may be acquired. No more than two antlerless permits may be acquired by the same person in a single year.
A deer farm is defined as "any building, structure, or other living accommodation used for raising and keeping domestic deer." Deer farming is prohibited in all towns and cities excepting municipal parks and recreational facilities. Farm owners must apply for a special use permit from their local government office. The size of the farm cannot exceed 10 acres for agricultural uses like hay and grain; 20 acres for livestock; or 30 acres for breeding purposes.
The department issues annual licenses for archery deer hunters. Bowhunters must purchase a separate license for each animal they intend to take. Antlerless permits are issued for specific zones within a county or municipality. Hunters must check the status of their permit when they register with their local sheriff's office. If their permit is still valid, they can hunt in the specified zone. Otherwise, they should leave the area.
Hunter safety is very important. It is recommended that anyone who plans to go deer hunting obtain some form of identification that includes your name and address along with your photo ID.