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Bob S
04-13-2008, 06:57 PM
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Apr. 13, 2008

The Wichita Eagle

Major changes in some deer season dates and increases in nonresident deer permits are on the agenda for Thursday's Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting in Garden City.

Commissioners will vote on the season changes. The permit increases have been set by the department and don't require commission approval.

Lloyd Fox, Wildlife and Parks big-game program coordinator, predicts nearly all nonresidents who apply will get permits because of the increases.

Last year, Wildlife and Parks agreed to substantial permit increases if the legislature abolished a system where half of all nonresident permits were issued to Kansas landowners for re-sale.

Fox said the transferable system took control away from the agency and was abused by permit brokers and landowners who didn't allow hunting.

About 17,600 non-resident permits will be issued this year compared to 15,700 in 2007.

Fox said several thousand of the 2007 permits weren't issued because of lack of demand in eastern Kansas.

Much of the increase will be in Unit 16, where overall non-resident permit numbers will increase from about 604 permits in 2007 to about 2,360 this year.

Fox said many more bowhunters actually hunted in Unit 16 last year under a system that allowed them to apply for one unit and also hunt in a second.

Demand is high in the unit because of the region's reputation for big bucks, successful outfitters and exposure in the outdoors media.

"We know we could have some trauma there," Fox said. "But the deer resource is growing dramatically."

New for 2008, non-residents will apply from within a pool of any-whitetail permits for their preferred unit. They'll designate their weapon of choice.

He predicted eastern Kansas units that have had thousands of unfilled firearms permits in the past will probably see those permits go to bowhunters under the new system.

Commissioners will vote on the following deer seasons.

Sept. 13-21, youth/disabled season.

Previously held the last weekend of September, the season was moved earlier so Kansas' black powder season could be moved later in the month.

The longer season is to encourage more youth to try hunting. It also creates added opportunity if the weather's bad.

Sept. 22-Oct. 5, muzzleloader season.

The season's been pushed back about a week in hopes of finding cooler hunting conditions.

Sept, 22-Dec. 31, archery deer season begins earlier than the traditional Oct. 1 opening since bowhunters will be sharing the woods with black powder hunters.

Both types of hunters will be required to wear orange when both seasons are open.

Dec. 3-14, firearms deer season.

Beginning the Wednesday following Thanksgiving, the season follows traditional framework.

Jan. 1-4, Extended whitetail antlerless-only season.

An additional week will be added for the northern portions of Units 1,3,7 and 8 to give hunters more time to control high deer numbers in those areas.

Thursday's meeting will be at the Finnup Center at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. For information, call 620-672-5911.