Three deer seasons open the New Year's first month

PRATT -- The regular Kansas firearm deer season is over, but many deer hunters still look forward to hunting in January. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a firearm extended whitetail antlerless season Jan.1- 4, 2009 (open for Deer Management Units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 19 only), a special extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 5-Jan. 11, 2009 (open north of highways K-9 and US-24 in Units 7 and 8 only), and an archery extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 5- 31, 2009 (in Unit 19 only).

Many hunters who did not fill a deer permit during one of the regular 2008 seasons (muzzleloader, archery, firearms) may use that permit during these seasons. However, all permits revert to Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer permits, and unit restrictions printed on the permit still apply.

During the regular seasons, the law requires a hunter to have a permit allowing the harvest of an antlered deer before they can purchase antlerless permits. However, after Dec. 30, 2008, hunters may purchase antlerless permits without first purchasing an antlered permit.

These rules are clarified in the 2008 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, available wherever licenses are sold or online at www.kdwp.state.ks.us.