Kansas Hunting News

White-Tail Deer Permit Apps
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that applications for 2002 deer permits are now available. For those hunters who wish to take a mule deer (called an Any Deer permit), an application must be submitted to the agency by July 12. All other resident deer permits and game tags, including Whitetail Either Sex permits, may be purchased anytime through the next-to-last day of the deer seasons.
Walk-in Hunter Area Enrollment
Landowners interested in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' 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 99 counties with more than 800,000 acres in 2001. Almost anyone who owns, leases, or manages 80 contiguous acres of land with suitable wildlife habitat can qualify. Most of the land enrolled in WIHA is entered in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), but other lands are also considered, including native rangeland, weedy wheat stubble, milo stubble, riparian, and wetland areas.
Deer Permit Applications Online
Not only does the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offer a number of licenses, permits, stamps, publications, and other issues online at the agency's website, turkey and deer hunters can download permit applications from the website, here.
Wildscape Announces OKKids Day
The Kansas Wildscape Foundation has designated Saturday, May 4, as the second annual Outdoors Kansas for Kids Day. Getting kids into the outdoors and having fun are the cornerstones of OKKids Day. Wildscape and its program partners plan to have well over 10,000 Kansas kids hiking, canoeing, fishing, biking, hunting and bird watching on OKKids Day at Kansas' state parks, at many of the city and county parks, and at other exclusive sites throughout the state.
Wildlife Management Meetings
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will conduct four public meetings in Southeast Kansas on February 8 and 9 to discuss deer and other wildlife management issues, including the newly formed Southeast Kansas Quail Working Group. The meetings will be hosted by Wildlife and Parks Secretary Mike Hayden and State Senator Derek Schmidt (R-Independence).
Antler Hunting Season
Deer season is over and Kansas hunters have enjoyed ample time to harvest these tasty big game animals. Even so, a related season continues for those who still seek trophies. Now is the time to find shed deer antlers, natural artwork made of bone cast from bucks when the mating period is over. Many Kansans comb forest and field in search of these outdoor treasures.
Purple Paint Law
November and December are busy months for Kansas hunters, with deer, upland bird, and waterfowl seasons in full swing. In the past, many landowners have purchased and posted "Hunting By Written Permission Only" signs on their property, which makes it easier for local conservation officers to check hunters and quickly know whether or not the hunters have permission to hunt.
Resident Whitetail Permits Available
For the 2001-02 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.