Meetings designed to glean public input on suggested new deer
PRATT – If you are a deer hunter, a farmer with crops in the field,
a motorist, or a person who enjoys watching nature, the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) invites you to
share your opinions on deer management with agency staff. To
accommodate such input, the agency will conduct five public
meetings across the state beginning Aug. 23 in Beloit and ending
Sept. 8 in Lawrence.
The meetings will be held at the following times and
Aug. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – the Municipal Building’s
Trail Room, 119 N. Hersey Ave. in Beloit;
Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – the Dillon Nature Center, 3002
East 30th Ave. in Hutchinson;
Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Memorial Auditorium’s Alliance
Room, 101 South Lincoln in Chanute;
Sept. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – William Carpenter 4-H Building,
608 N. Fairground Road in Scott City; and
Sept. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Dole Institute of Politics’
Simon Media Room, 2350 Petefish Drive in Lawrence.
These meetings are open to the public and will include short
presentations on the status of the deer herd and hunters in Kansas.
The main part of each meeting will be an open forum for people to
express their opinions.
KDWPT conducts an annual review of deer hunting regulations
dealing with the hunting of deer, and this year that review has
been expanded. Specifically, the department is seeking public
comments on some potential changes in the deer hunting seasons that
have been suggested by hunters, parents, legislators, and others.
Season dates and timing often have complicated effects on the
number of deer that hunters take and the participation level among
hunter groups. For example, although it’s counter-intuitive, longer
seasons may actually reduce hunter participation and reduce the
number of deer that hunters take.
Some suggestions the department has been asked to review this
year include the following:
change the current nine-day, mid-September season for youth and
people with disabilities to two four-day seasons with the first
season starting on the Friday before Labor Day (first Monday in
September) and the second season starting on the Friday before
Columbus Day (second Monday in October). Each season would run four
days and include two weekend days and one holiday;
change the dates of the traditional 12-day firearm deer hunting
season from the Wednesday after Thanksgiving to the Wednesday
before Thanksgiving (thus including two days of holiday for many
workers, in addition to four weekend days);
change the beginning date of the white-tailed deer antlerless-only
season from Jan. 1 to the Friday before Christmas and continue it
for 17 days, thus including no fewer than six weekend days and both
Christmas and New Year’s days;
initiate a two-day, pre-rut white-tailed antlerless-only season for
the last weekend in September;
expand the season dates for bowhunting with the season beginning on
the Tuesday after Labor Day and ending on Jan. 31. During the
archery season, hunters would be prohibited from taking an antlered
deer during any dates open for antlerless-only deer hunting with a
expand the muzzleloader season from the current 14 days in
September to include an additional seven days in December following
the 12-day firearms season.
If time permits after the public comment segment, there will be
presentations on controlling deer damage to crops and items
landowners should consider before they lease their lands for deer
hunting. For more information about the Deer Information Nights
contact Lloyd Fox, Big Game Program Coordinator, PO Box 1525,
Emporia, KS 66801, 620-342-0658.