Waterfowl Seasons To Be Approved August 20

Waterfowl Seasons To Be Approved August 20

PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will meet at the Kansas Wetland Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Hwy, Great Bend on August 20. The meeting will begin with the afternoon General Discussion and Workshop sessions at 1 p.m. After a recess, the meeting will resume at 6:30 p.m. for the Public Hearing.

Items on the afternoon agenda include a report from Secretary Robin Jennison on the agency and state fiscal status. General Discussion items will include big game regulations and a report from the Law Enforcement Division concerning a request to change falconry regulations. Workshop Session topics will include a presentation on increasing fees for hunting and fishing licenses and big game and turkey permits; 2016 turkey regulations; parks regulations; and a review of changes to the reference document on lake-specific fishing regulations.

The evening portion of the meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. and feature one additional Workshop Session item, duck zone boundaries. Staff will present options for discussion concerning changes to the boundaries separating the Early Low Plains, Late Low Plains and Southeast Low Plains duck hunting zones. Final duck zone boundaries will be voted on by the Commission at the October 22 meeting in Burlington.

The final items for the evening will be the Public Hearing on late migratory seasons. The Commission will hear and approve duck and goose hunting seasons, as well as regulations for this fall and winter. The last item to be heard will be a Secretary’s Order on free park entrance days.

Time will be available during the afternoon and evening sessions for public comment on non-agenda items. If necessary, the commission will reconvene at the same location at 9 a.m., August 21, to complete any unfinished business.

Live video and audio streaming of the meeting will be available at 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 final 2015 Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting is scheduled for October 22 in Burlington at the Coffey County Library Conference Center Room, 410 Juniatta St.