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Plans are underway for the 15th annual youth/handicap assisted deer hunt at Tuttle Creek Lake. The event is sponsored by the Riley County Fish & Game Association, Tuttle Creek Lake Association, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Lloyd Johnson Outdoor Youth fund, Cox Bros BBQ, Early Edition restaurant, Friends of Fancy · Creek Range, and the Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake.


Participants wishing to qualify for this hunt as a disabled hunter are required to have a handicap identification

Card or similar proof of their permanent disability.  Youth 11 through 16 years of age are also eligible to participate in this hunt.


The hunt itself will be held on October 6th & 7th, 2018 during the Pre-Rut Antlerless rifle season. During the Pre-Rut Antlerless rifle season hunters may only harvest a doe/antlerless deer.


Prior to the hunt we will  hold  a  rifle sight-in  at the Fancy  Creek Range  near Randolph  on  Sunday, September 16th at 4:00p.m.   The sight-in is mandatory for all participants.   We will be providing a meal that evening so bring your rifle, ammo (a rifle and ammo will be provided if you don't have your own) and your appetite.  During the sight-in, all participants will qualify for the hunt by demonstrating the ability to hit a "pie-sized" target (provided) 2 out of 3 shots at 50 yards.  Don't worry, you will have plenty of time to warm up before qualifying.  On the afternoon of the sight-in we will also be addressing the hunting license and deer permit needs of each participant.  Limited scholarships are available for those that need this assistance.


On October 6th & 7th, to begin the hunt, hunters and guides will meet at 5:00 a.m. at the Tuttle Creek Lake Visitor Center (located at 5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd., Manhattan) for breakfast. After breakfast, all hunters and their guides will disperse to their predestinated hunting blinds. All hunters will have a guide and a hunt location assigned to them well before the hunt. Guides will know the assigned hunting locations. Hunters who are unsuccessful during the morning hunt can make arrangements with their guides for afternoon/evening hunts on these days.


Hopefully everybody will have the opportunity to harvest a deer.  We have made arrangements to have the deer processed free of charge at area lockers for those participants that need these services.  We also have made arrangements for the deer to be transpo1ied to these lockers.


If you would like to participate in this hunt, please fill out an application and send it back no later than August 25th.  Applications will be prioritized shortly thereafter and all applicants will be notified of their status.


If you have any questions about this event please contact me at 785-539-8511, ext. 3170, wyatt.m.cooper@usace.army.mil,  or Game Warden Ben Jedlicka at 785-256-3614, ben.jedlicka@ks.gov.


Each year the assisted hunt is held either the first or second weekend of October depending on when the pre-rut antler-less rifle season occurs. Kansas youth 11 through 16 years of age and Kansas residents with a certified disability are eligible to participate in this hunt. We host 10-15 hunters each year. 

We prioritize the youth applicants in an effort to expose new hunters each year to the sport of deer hunting. It is also a priority to take youth and disabled hunters that wouldn’t be able to hunt without our program. 

In addition to the 2 days of hunting in October, hunt participants are also required to attend a firearm & hunting safety presentation and rifle sight-in at the Fancy Creek Shooting Range. The Friends of Fancy Creek Range provide NRA certified Range Safety Officers to staff the shooting range during the rifle sight-in.  

A meal is provided the hunters, guides, Range Safety Officers, and other volunteers after the safety presentation and rifle sight-in. We also provide breakfast to all hunters and guides each morning of the hunt. 

The Riley County Fish and Game Association, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), and the Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake are sponsors of this event. There are several other groups, businesses, and organizations that contribute to this hunt such as the Friends of Fancy Creek Range, Kansas City Chapter of Safari Club International, Lloyd Johnson Outdoor Youth Fund, and Tuttle Creek Lake Association. GTB Custom Meats of Riley, Clay Center Locker, and the Alta Vista Locker all provide basic processing of harvested deer free of charge for the hunters. 

Participants are furnished a Kansas hunting license (if needed), and a deer permit. Scholarship assistance to purchase a hunting license and deer permit are provided by the sponsoring agencies and associations.  

If participants do not have a rifle or ammo for the hunt, these items are provided.  Some of these rifles are provided through KDWPT’s Pass It On Program. Others have been purchased for the hunt over the years with donations from the various sponsoring organizations. 

Each participant is paired with an experienced hunter who serves as volunteer guide. Other items provided for this hunt include accessible hunting blinds, hunting locations, hunter orange hats and vests, and transportation to and from the field.  Public land surrounding Tuttle Creek Lake, including park areas normally closed to hunting, as well as private land nearby is utilized during the hunt



Nearly 18,000 acres of excellent diverse habitat await the hunter at Tuttle Creek Lake. The Corps of Engineers manages about 8,000 acres in the southern half of the project. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism manages over 12,000 acres in the upper reaches.

Wildlife management plays an important part in the overall management of natural resources at Tuttle Creek Lake. Programs are devised to insure that the needs of wildlife: food, water, cover, and living space, are available in sufficient quantity and quality to sustain and encourage growth of wildlife populations. Many of these programs focus on enhancing upland game, but non-game species benefit as well.

Wildlife management techniques include planting food plots, seeding millet along exposed shorelines, conducting timber stand improvement, planting trees and shrubs, constructing brush piles, and erecting nesting boxes for bird life.

Mourning doves are attracted to burned-off wheat stubble and sunflower fields in early fall. Deer and turkey hunting is good in the woody draws and river bottoms.

Fox squirrels are abundant in timbered areas.


 Semi-open grasslands and weed strips along timber stands harbor bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasants.

Hundreds of acres of developed marshes offer good duck hunting areas. As the season progresses and temperatures drop, hunt the stubble fields and creeks nearby. A 200 acre marsh located seven miles north of Olsburg, and a 39 acre marsh located two miles north of Randolph are good duck hunting areas. Click on the wetlands page for detailed information on Tuttle Creek Lake's marshes.

White-tailed deer abound at Tuttle Creek Lake. In fact, Guns and Gear Magazine named Tuttle Creek Lake as one of the top five white-tailed deer hunting locations in the nation.

Watch boundary lines that separate public hunting lands from private property. Much of Tuttle Creek Lake's public hunting areas are separated from the road by private land. Respect landowners' property; to hunt private property, you must have permission.

Nearly all public land at Tuttle Creek Lake is open to hunting. However, the parks and the entire area below the dam are closed to hunting year-round.

Hunters often ask where they can go to sight in a scope or target shoot at Tuttle Creek Lake. Due to concerns about lead shot, noise, litter, and safety, these activities are not permitted anywhere on public property. The Fancy Creek State Park shooting range (open 10 am - 4 pm on the first and third full weekends, and the fourth Thursday of every month) is the only location where this is permitted. A $10 daily fee is charged.

The Corps of Engineers, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and local interest groups offer youth and disabled deer and turkey hunts.

Camping, off-road vehicle and ATV use, horseback riding, target shooting and firewood gathering are prohibited in the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wildlife area.