Kansas Hunting News

Turkey Target Competition at Tuttle Creek Range June 10
On June 10, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will sponsor a turkey target shooting competition at Tuttle Creek State Park's Fancy Creek Range.
Wildlife & Parks Commissioners Approve 2006 Big Game Seasons
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved 2006 big game hunting season regulations at a public hearing in Junction City April 27th.
Commission Changes License Fees
The commission approved increases in fees for resident hunt-own-land deer, antelope and elk permits to the same level as resident landowner/tenant deer ($15), antelope ($20), and elk ($50) permits. Nonresident hunt-own-land deer permits were set at $75, nonresident antlerless deer permits at $75, and nonresident archery antelope permits at $200.
Snow Geese Offer Continued Hunting Opportunity
In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a "special conservation order" to allow hunting of snow geese after the regular season through April 30. The move was made to address an ecological crisis caused by an explosion in mid-continent populations of lesser snow geese and Ross' geese. These populations went from an estimated 800,000 geese in the 1960s to more than 3 million today.
Cheyenne County CWD Samples All Negative
None of the 51 deer collected in follow-up sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD) tested positive for the disease. Kansas State University lab analysis was completed Monday, Feb. 20th.
Recommended 2006 Big Game Season Dates Announced
Many Kansas hunters are interested in season dates for the fall 2006 hunting seasons. Some season dates have already been established for the 2006 seasons, while others will be established later this year in public hearings conducted by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission.
Public Meeting Planned on Chronic Wasting Disease
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will conduct an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds in St. Francis. KDWP and Kansas Animal Health Department officials will discuss the occurrence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a deer taken by a hunter in Cheyenne County during the 2005 firearms deer season.
Preliminary Test Positive for CWD in Deer Population
Preliminary lab testing has identified what may be the first occurrence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild Kansas deer. Tissue samples from a whitetail doe taken by a hunter in northwest Kansas (deer management Unit 1) during the December firearms season tested positive for CWD in initial lab testing at Kansas State University.
Wild Turkey Federation Aids Walk in Hunting Areas Program
Kansas turkey hunters will have new hunting areas during the 2006 spring turkey season through a partnership between the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). The NWTF Kansas State Chapter has donated funds to KDWP's Kansas' Walk-in Hunting Areas (WIHA) program that will increase public spring turkey hunting WIHA to 130,000 acres.
Commission Permits Offer Fund-Raising Opportunity
Nonprofit organizations devoted to wildlife conservation have a new fund-raising opportunity, thanks to action taken by the 2005 Kansas Legislature and the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission.