Oct. 4, 2012

Commission to hear wide range of regulation recommendations at evening’s public hearing

PRATT--The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Flint Oak, 2639 Quail Rd., Fall River. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m., and the evening session will begin at 7 p.m.

The afternoon session will begin with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period on the following topics: Secretary’s remarks about agency and state fiscal status, 2013 legislature, Tourism Division briefing, camping and utility fees, fall turkey, deer regulations, and antelope and elk regulations.

The afternoon will also include a workshop session, in preparation for potential regulatory action, covering preliminary recommendations on the following regulations: falconry, big game, and agritourism.

The commission will recess at 5 p.m., then reconvene at 7 p.m. at the same location for a public hearing on the following regulations: KAR 115-1-1: Definitions (artificial lures); KAR 115-18-18: Hand fishing permit, requirements, restrictions and permit duration; KAR 115-25-14: Fishing, creel limit, size limit, possession limit, and open season; KAR 115-7-3: Fish, taking and use of baitfish or minnows; KAR 115-7-10: Fishing, special provisions, fishing tournaments; KAR 115-2-2: Motor vehicle permit fees; KAR 115-8-19: Personal conduct on department lands and waters, provisions, restrictions and penalties (alcohol); KAR 115-4-15: Restitution scoring system, white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, antelope; KAR 115-8-1: Department lands and waters, hunting, furharvesting, and discharge of firearms; KAR 115-25-6: Turkey, spring season, bag limit, permits, and game tags; KAR 115-2-1: Amount of fees, resident senior hunting license; and KAR 115-18-22: Senior pass valid for hunting and fishing, requirements, restrictions, and permit duration.

Time will be available in both the afternoon and evening sessions for public comment on topics that are not on the agenda. If necessary, the commission will reconvene at the same location at 9 a.m., Oct. 19, to complete unfinished business.

Live video and audio streaming of this meeting will be broadcast through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com.

If notified in advance, the department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission secretary at 620-672-5911.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013 in El Dorado.