Whitetail Antlerless Only Season Underway

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Many Kansas hunters are taking advantage of the state's extended January deer season, which runs Jan. 1-12. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds hunters that only white-tailed antlerless deer may be taken during this season.

Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Game Tags -- $10.50 tags that may be purchased over the counter -- are still available; however, they are not valid on lands managed by the Department of Wildlife and Parks. (This restriction does not apply to Walk-In Hunting Areas.)

During the extended season, all unfilled permits revert to whitetail antlerless-only permits. This includes Statewide Archery, Firearms, Muzzleloader, and Hunt-Own-Land permits, as well as the $10.50 Deer Game Tags. While all legal firearm, archery, and muzzleloader equipment may be used during the special season, all hunters are required to wear blaze orange. Permits and Game Tags retain their unit restrictions.

To reduce white-tailed deer numbers in Kansas, the Department of Wildlife and Parks has increased the number of deer hunting permits the past several years. The January hunt focuses on the most effective means of deer population control -- the use of firearms to harvest antlerless deer. The focus of this increase in permits is on white-tailed does, which are key to controlling the deer herd.

Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer Game Tags are available over the counter through Jan. 11. No other permit is required in order to purchase tags, but in addition to a permit or Game Tag, resident hunters 16 through 64 years old must have a valid Kansas hunting license. All nonresidents must have a Kansas hunting license. The extended January whitetail antlerless only deer season is closed in deer management units 1, 2, 17, and 18.