Hunting

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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.


New Hunting Opportunities in 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the expansion of hunting opportunities at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge, starting in fall of 2020. Click the thumbnail below to view a short video that provides details about this exciting opportunity.

Brad Krohn Kirwin 2020 Hunt-Fish


 Overview of refuge hunting regulations:

  • 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 application process. For more information, click here to visit the archery deer hunting page.
  • 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. Refer to the refuge hunting and fishing brochure for a full list of regulations. 

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

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