Printed copies available in early September; new format, regulation changes
PRATT -- Printed copies of the 2008 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary will be available at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offices and license vendors around the state soon, but hunters can view or download the summary now at the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Type “Hunting Regulations” in the search box at the department’s homepage or click on “Hunting,” then “Hunting Regulations.”

This year's booklet contains several changes, in both format and new regulations. A few of the more significant new regulations include the following:

  • Annual hunting and fishing licenses are available at no cost to honorably discharged resident veterans with certified service-related disabilities of 30 percent or more, effective Jan.1, 2009.
  • A season for Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves will run Nov.20 through Feb.28.
  • Resident Any-Season Whitetail permits will be valid statewide during any season with equipment legal for that season.
  • Resident Either-species/Either-sex Archery permits will be valid statewide.
  • No big game permit may be transferred to another person.
  • Big game or turkey permits for residents younger than 16 are half-price.
  • Special Hunt-Own-Land deer permits may be issued to a landowner’s or tenant’s siblings and lineal family members and spouses, regardless of residency.
  • Nonresident deer hunters are restricted to two adjacent deer management units.
  • Nonresident hunters are required to select one season (archery, muzzleloader, or firearms) at the time of application.
  • Scopes are allowed for early muzzleloader deer season.
  • Knapped broad heads allowed during the archery deer season.
  • Crossbows are allowed for deer hunting in the firearm season.

The most significant change in format this year involves the way the public hunting areas section is presented. Each KDWP-owned or operated property is listed, including size, directions to the area, and special regulations that apply to that area.

As always, most season dates have changed to some degree, and other regulations are covered in this indispensable booklet. Printed copies of the 2008 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary will be available in September at department offices and license vendors around the state.