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Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to hunt. Approximately 5,800 acres of the Refuge are open to public hunting of various species in designated areas. Please check hunting regulations for specific species, locations, and times.

  • All hunters must possess a valid Kansas hunting license and all the necessary stamps and/or permits as required by Federal and State laws.
  • Archery deer hunters are required to obtain a Refuge Access Permit though the Refuge’s limited quota draw application process.  See the 2018 Instructions (195 KB PDF) and Application (197 KB PDF) here.  Successfully drawn archery deer hunters names will be posted on the website shortly after the close of the application process. 
  • Archery deer hunters are required to carry the Refuge Access Permit on the Refuge.  Successfully drawn archery deer hunters will receive an information packet containing the Refuge Access Permit and additional information.
  • Not all hunting areas are open for all species, so be sure that you hunt in the proper area. Areas open for hunting are outlined on the map. If you are unsure, contact the Refuge visitor center staff for assistance.
  • Hunting regulations generally follow statewide regulations including seasons and bag limits established by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Regulations specific to the Refuge are as follows:

Species, Shot, Firearms, and Shell Limits
  • The only species that can be hunted on designated areas of the Refuge are: waterfowl, doves, pheasants, quail, turkey, prairie chickens, snipe, coots, cottontail rabbits, fox squirrels, and deer (archery only). Hunting of cottontail rabbits and fox squirrels is allowed only during pheasant season. Hunting of other wildlife, such as sandhill cranes, is prohibited.
  • Rifles and handguns are prohibited.
  • Discharge of a firearm for any reason other than the legal taking of game animals is prohibited.
  • Federally approved non-toxic shot must be used for shotgun hunting, including turkeys.
  • ALL hunters in the area from Quillback Cove to Prairie Dog Town are restricted to possession of a daily maximum of six (6) shotgun shells.

Portable Tree Stands and Hunting Blinds
  • Portable tree stands and hunting blinds are permitted. They may be installed no more than seven (7) days prior to the season and must be removed no later than two (2) days after the season. The use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a stand to a tree or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven is prohibited on the Refuge. The construction or use of any permanent stand or blind is prohibited.
  • All portable tree stands and blinds erected on Kirwin Refuge must have the name, address, and phone number of the owner permanently affixed to the tree stand or blind. Portable tree stands and blinds without owner information will be considered abandoned property and will be immediately removed.
  • Natural vegetation may be used to construct a temporary blind.Baiting and trail cameras are prohibited. Baiting and trail cameras are prohibited.
  • Retrieving game from a NO HUNTING ZONE or from an area that is not open to the hunting of that species is prohibited. Regulate your hunting to ensure that game does not fall into an area where it cannot be retrieved.

Click on the link to see a map of Kirwin's hunting areas:

Kirwin Map

For additional information regarding hunting regulations and bag limits set by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, click the link below:

State of Kansas Regulations