Kansas Hunting News

Resident Deer Permits Available
For the 2003 deer seasons, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) again is offering a number of resident deer permits that may be purchased without going through a drawing. Purchase forms for these permits are now available.
Young Hunter Essay Contest
The Kansas Hunter Education Instructor Association invites hunters 18 and younger to compete in an essay contest, with prizes awarded to winners in two categories: 13 and younger, and 14 through 18. Winners in each age category will be awarded new muzzleloading rifles.
Free Hunting Services Seminar
In conjunction with its 15th Annual Convention, the Kansas Sport Hunting Association (KSHA) is hosting a free hunting services seminar on Friday, August 15, at the Best Western Holiday Manor in McPherson. The seminar features Bruce Hering, instructor of game preserve/shooting complex management at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Ill.
Survey Unveils Hunters Motives
Assumptions can be misleading and sometimes, just plain wrong. For example, a recent study has revealed that hunters are primarily concerned with firearms safety education and providing hunting opportunities for youth - not harvesting game, as is often believed.
Landowners Wanted For Walk-in Hunter Program
Landowners interested in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) successful Walk-In-Hunting-Access Program (WIHA) are reminded that the deadline for enrollment is July 20. The WIHA program, which began in 1995, grew to 100 counties with almost 909,550 acres in 2002.
Down Time for Hunters?
For boaters and anglers, summertime is heaven, but this doesn't mean hunters must become complacent. With daylight savings time and pleasant summer evenings ahead, hunters can entertain themselves and hone their skills at the same time.
Wildlife and Parks Offers Deer Phone Number
The ability to effectively control deer relies on sufficient hunter access to private land, a particular concern in Kansas. If a landowner does not allow hunting, even if the areas around their property do allow hunting, a refuge is created. Deer in these specific areas will continue to multiply, regardless of the number of permits issued. Landowners concerned about high deer populations on their property may phone 1-888-497-8661 toll free.
OKKids Day Slated For May 3rd
The Kansas Wildscape Foundation has designated Sat., May 3, as the third annual Outdoors Kansas for Kids Day. Wildscape and its program partners plan to have thousands of Kansas kids hiking, canoeing, fishing, biking, hunting and bird watching on OKKids Day at Kansas' state parks, many city and county parks, and other sites throughout the state.
Big Game Seasons Approved
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved season dates and regulations for 2003 big game seasons at their April 17 public hearing in El Dorado.
Kansas City Cougar Was Probably Wild
A mountain lion killed by a motorist in Kansas City area last fall probably came from a Western state. That's the conclusion of Wildlife Research Biologist Dave Hamilton, the Conservation Department's furbearer specialist.