Big Game Hunting On Military Bases


Published: December - 1998

Fort Riley: This 101,683-acre Army base in northeastern Kansas offers limited-entry hunts for whitetail deer and elk. Approximately 67,000 acres of the base are open to hunting. The elk herd on Fort Riley numbers between 200 and 225 head, and hunting is currently offered only to Kansas residents. Deer hunting is offered to both residents and non-residents, although the number of permits issued to non-residents is currently very limited. However, your chances of taking a good sized whitetail here are quite high. According to Fort Riley Fish and Wildlife Administrator, Dave Jones, the average buck taken on base scores around 140 Boone and Crockett points, and a good body weight for a buck is 300 pounds. The largest deer ever taken on base, back in 1989, was a nontypical that scored 196 2/8 B & C. The largest-ever typical was taken in 1984 and scored 188 7/8.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks issues the controlled-hunt permits for all of the above hunts, which occur in Unit 8A, a special unit that only encompasses Fort Riley. There is a non-refundable $5 application fee. Applications are accepted during May. This year, there were also some leftover resident any-deer muzzleloader and antlerless-only tags for Unit 8A which were sold on a first-come, first-served basis to both residents and non-residents. In fact, at press time in late November, there were still some antlerless tags available. Non-residents pay $200 for an any-deer tag and $50 for an antlerless tag.

Once a hunter obtains a tag, he must then contact the Fort Riley Department of Environmental Services' Conservation Division to request a packet of hunting information. No other orientation is provided, and no guide service is provided. Once hunters arrive at the base they must go to the Outdoor Recreation Center and purchase a $10 base hunting permit, which entitles them to hunt any area on the base that is open to hunting. Each day during hunting season, base personnel create a recorded telephone message that describes which areas are open to hunting that day. Area check-in lists are posted at self-service........(continued)

 
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