Kansas Hunting News

Kansas Hunters Record 17 Accidents in 2010

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 17 hunting incidents in Kansas in 2010, five more than the record low of 12 in 2009. One of the accidents was fatal.

Kansas Antelope and Elk Season Dates Set

At the Public Hearing portion of the April meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission, regulations for antelope and elk seasons were approved.

Pronghorn antelope season dates for 2011 include the follow: Archery – Sept. 24-Oct. 2 and Oct. 15-31; Muzzleloader – Oct. 3-10; and Firearm – Oct. 7-10. The application deadline for the resident-only firearm and muzzleloader permits is June 10. Resident and nonresident pronghorn antelope archery permits are unlimited and available over the counter through Oct. 30.

Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt - April 14-16th

The 25th annual Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt will be held April 14-16 in El Dorado. Hunters from across Kansas and many states have committed to participate in this year's event, the first turkey hunt for new Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

"I look forward to taking part in my first turkey hunt," says Brownback. "And this event is a great way to promote not only our state’s natural resources but also economic growth in Kansas."

Kansas Brothers Plead Guilty to Illegal Hunting/Guiding Operations

On March 16, James Bobby Butler Jr. and Marlin Jackson Butler pleaded guilty in federal court in Wichita to felony conspiracy and wildlife trafficking charges stemming from the illegal sale of guided deer hunts in southern Kansas, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas announced.

Kansas Dept. of Revenue Determined - Guides and Non-Guided Hunt Fees Not Taxable

Kansas hunting guides and non-guided hunt fees are not subject to state sales tax, the Kansas Department of Revenue determined on Friday.

"This decision will help Kansas hunting guides keep their prices competitive and encourage more people to take advantage of Kansas' outdoor hunting and fishing opportunities," said Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. "Gov. Sam Brownback is promoting our state's world-class outdoor tourism opportunities, and this will keep these activities more affordable."

Youth Turkey Hunt Available at Jeffrey Energy Center - Near Topeka

April 1-17, the Westar Energy Green Team will guide youth who have never harvested a turkey at its Jeffrey Energy Center, about 45 minutes northwest of Topeka. Assisted by experienced volunteer guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters 12-17 years old will hunt accompanied by an adult mentor in prime fields closed to the public until the youth hunters are through. An adult mentor is required.

Two Year Investigation Leads to Multiple Turkey Poaching Charges

A two-year, cooperative investigation among the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has resulted in the prosecution of 11 Effingham County, Illinois, men for violating multiple Kansas game laws. The case had been referred to Kansas by Illinois Conservation Police and the USFWS in 2009 after investigation of a case in Illinois revealed that the same people being investigated there were also illegally taking wild turkeys in Kansas.

Kansas Spring Turkey Unit 4 Deadline Feb. 18

While Kansas spring turkey permits are available to all hunters in most of the state, only 500 permits (residents only) will be issued for Unit 4, a western portion of the state bordered by highways I-70 on the north, U.S. 183 on the east, and U.S. 54 on the south. Fifty percent of these permits are reserved for applicants who qualify as landowner/tenants in that unit. However, under regulations passed by the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission two years ago, resident youth (age 15 and younger) turkey permits are valid statewide, including Unit 4.

Flint Hills Gobblers Offer Annual Turkey Clinic

On March 26, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct its 10th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. The event will take place at Camp Alexander, near Emporia, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested in learning how to become a better turkey hunter, especially youth, and it's free.

Kansas Spring Turkey Permits Available Online

The chill of winter clings to the Kansas landscape, but avid outdoorsmen and women are already preparing for spring turkey season, which runs April 1-12 for archery-only and youth/disabled hunters and April 13-May 31 for everyone. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks makes early preparation easier by offering spring turkey permits online in January.