Kansas Hunting News

Slow Pheasant and Quail Opener Confirms Forecast in Kansas

As predicted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Upland Bird Forecast, 2011 did not yield a banner opening weekend for pheasant and quail hunting, Nov. 12-13. Although a mild winter of 2010-2011 left solid numbers of breeding birds in the spring, severe heat and drought severely reduced nesting habitat and brood success for pheasants and quail this year. Hunter numbers were down somewhat, as well, although a few areas of the state produced good hunting. The best pheasant hunting was west of Highway 183 and north of I-70.

Kansas DWPT Voluntary Electronic Deer Registration Online Only

Photo electronic deer registration helps hunters comply with interstate transportation laws; phone registration not an option.
Although the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) does not require registration of deer taken in Kansas, the agency does offer a voluntary option for transporting harvested deer that allows hunters to register their harvested deer through the Internet, using photos taken at the harvest site.

Kansas DWPT Issues Free Permits and Licenses to National Guard Members and Disabled Veterans

Too late for pheasant and quail season, but KDWPT offers refunds
Active members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard who are Kansas residents may obtain free Kansas hunting and fishing licenses, as well as free state park entrance permits. For those wanting to hunt the opening day of pheasant and quail season — Nov. 12 — it’s too late to obtain one of these permits or licenses, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) offers refunds to those guardsmen who buy a license now and apply for the free one later.

October Opens Bargain Season at Kansas State Parks

Reduced prices, uncrowded conditions make parks attractive in fall and winter
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure bargain close to home, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has a deal for you. The state park off-season runs Oct. 1-March 31, and during this time, you can enjoy parks at reduced prices. Kansas is well into autumn, and many outdoorsmen and women consider this is the best time of year to visit a Kansas state park.

Kansas: Cold-Water Boating Requires Added Precautions

Anglers and hunters can protect themselves against hypothermia
While pleasure boaters have winterized and stored their watercraft, avid waterfowl hunters and cold-weather anglers are gearing up for fall hunting and fishing seasons. But fall can be a dangerous time on the water. Most single-boat accidents take place this time of year, and with water temperatures cooling, these accidents can be deadly.

Kansas DWPT to Auction Garden City Bison

Older bulls to be sold through sealed bids submitted to the Pratt Operations Office
In recent years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Sandsage Bison Range, near Garden City, has sold excess animals at an auction in Salina. However, this year, the area has a handful of adult and 3 ½-year-old bulls that must be removed from the herd. Because the Salina auction does not accept bulls older than 2 ½ years, area managers have decided to sell these older bulls through a sealed bid auction.

Kansas Fall Turkey Hunting: Time for the Big Birds

Wild turkeys offer special fall hunting opportunity
The wild turkey was once extirpated from Kansas, but today, wild turkey populations have been growing for years, offering hunters the opportunity to pursue them in fall and spring. While the season opened Oct. 1, it runs long enough to add this traditional game bird to the Thanksgiving and Christmas tables.

"Double Up" for Ducks in Kansas

Ducks Unlimited campaign aims to show Congress that hunters and others support an increase in price of waterfowl stamp.

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is asking duck hunters and other waterfowl enthusiasts to "double up for the ducks" by purchasing two federal duck stamps this year.

Wild Turkey Federation to Fund Kansas Habitat Projects

The Kansas Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has announced appropriation of $56,200 for Kansas wildlife habitat projects in 2012 through the organization’s Super Fund. These projects help fund everything from grassland and forest restoration to education outreach.

Kansas Asking for Input on Species in Need of Conservation

The Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan was prepared in 2005 as a requirement for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) to be eligible to continue receiving State Wildlife Grants (SWG). Scheduled to be updated before its 10-year anniversary, efforts are currently underway for this revision.