Kansas Hunting News

DWP Seeks Input on Wildlife Management Areas
Every five years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and people who are interested in management at wildlife areas around most of the state's large reservoirs meet, share ideas, and work together to better manage wildlife populations and their many recreational opportunities, such as hunting and wildlife viewing. These five-year reviews help area managers to better manage wildlife populations and the recreation that they provide to lake visitors.
Kids Receive Special Hunting Opportunities
Increasing youth involvement in hunting is one of the key goals of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) "Pass It On" program, designed to increase hunting participation in Kansas. The program includes events such as statewide youth seasons and special hunts.
Hunting Report Cards in the Mail
Each year following the January extended deer season, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) collects information to determine hunter success, which is one measure of deer population trends. In years past, this amounted to a report card attached to deer permits, but this process is no longer used. Therefore, each deer hunter does not receive a report card.
Orange Required During Firearms Deer Season
The Kansas firearms deer season is in full swing, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds all deer hunters that from Dec. 3-14, hunter orange clothing is required by law. All firearms deer hunters and persons assisting firearms deer hunters must wear hunter orange during the season. Firearms deer permit holders who prefer to use a bow during this season must also wear orange.
New Tagging System for Deer Hunters
Kansas hunters who have already purchased their deer or turkey permits may have noticed something different about the permit's carcass tag this year. In past years, the carcass tag - which must be placed on the deer immediately after it is taken - has been a peel off, sticky-backed tag that wrapped around the leg and stuck together at the ends. This year, that tag has been replaced by one that has holes in either end and no sticky back.
Wildlife and Parks to Conduct CWD Testing
In recent years, there has been considerable concern nationwide about chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has tested about 2,400 animals since 1996, but CWD has not been found in wild deer in this state. KDWP plans call for testing 3,000 animals from the 2003 season.
Whitetail Buck Permits Still Available
For the 2003-04 deer seasons, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is offering a number of resident deer permits that may be purchased without going through a drawing. Applications for these permits are now available from Wildlife and Parks offices or from the agency's website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us, or they may be purchased over the counter at most license vendors.
Hunter Education Fun Shoot October 12th
On Oct. 12 at 4 p.m., Marquette area hunter education instructors, sportsmen groups, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a "fun shoot" at the Army National Guard Weapons Range. This event is open to all hunter education graduates. The purpose of this event is to have an entertaining day on the range in preparation for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
Youth Bird Seasons on Tap
The youth bird seasons established as part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks “Pass It On” program are just a few weeks away. Waterfowl youth openers are October 4-5 for the High Plains and Early Zone and Oct. 11-12 in the Late Zone. Waterfowl numbers are expected to be good this fall. Upland bird youth season is Nov. 1-2, and it looks like bird numbers will be up from last year. A youth/disabled deer season will also be conducted Sept. 27-28.
Outdoors Woman Workshop September 26th-28th
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that there are still openings for the Sept. 26-28 Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop at Rock Springs Ranch, near Junction City. This workshop is designed to meet the interests of modern-day women, which are often more diverse than those of their Victorian ancestors.