Printed copies available in early September; waterfowl, big game changes highlighted
PRATT — Printed copies of the 2010 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary will be available at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offices and license vendors around the state about Sept. 1, 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 new regulations. The more significant new regulations involve big game and waterfowl and include the following:

  • new deer map — new boundaries for units 10 and 11 makes these units, as well as units 10 and 14, adjacent units, but Unit 19 boundaries did not change;
  • limited quota Antlerless Either Species permits are available in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 17, and 18 on a first come, first-served basis (valid in the unit specified on the permit);
  • January extended white-tailed antlerless-only season is open in all units;
  • Any-Elk and Antlerless-Only Elk Hunt-Own-Land permits are available through March 14, 2011 (not valid in Morton county);
  • Any-Elk and Antlerless-only Elk general resident and landowner/tenant Elk permits are available through March 14, 2011 but are not valid on Fort Riley or in Clay, Geary, Riley, or Morton counties;
  • a system is being developed that will allow hunters to voluntarily register their deer electronically so that they may transport the carcass/meat without the head attached. For more information, go online to www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
  • the daily bag limit for ducks has increased from five to six ducks, which may include no more than one cansvasback, two redheads, two pintails, two scaup, three wood ducks, and five mallards (only two of which may be hens). The daily bag may comprise six of any other duck, such as six teal, six gadwall, or six wigeon; and
  • brant have been added to the species that may be taken in the Canada goose season.

As always, most season dates have changed to some degree, and other regulations are covered in this indispensable booklet. Download a copy now or pick up a printed copy in early September.