Early teal seasons to allow 16- and nine-day seasons; additional deer and elk regulations approved
HERINGTON — At a June 24 meeting in Herington, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved recommendations dealing with early teal seasons, public land use, elk permits, and special deer seasons, as well as the nonresident deer application period.

The early teal season will be 16 days in the Low Plains Zone and nine days in the High Plains Zone, one day longer than previous years in the High Plains Zone. For the Low Plains Zones (that part of Kansas east of Hwy 283), the season will run Sept. 11-26. For the High Plains Zone (that part of Kansas west of Hwy 283), the season will run Sept. 18-26. The daily bag limit for teal is four and the possession limit is eight. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

In other action, the commission approved a $125 Hunt-Own-Land Either-Sex Elk permit; approved a list of rules applicable to specific public lands; set an April 30, 2011, application deadline for 2011 nonresident limited-quota antlered deer permits; and set 2010 deer season dates for Fort Riley. Fort Riley 2010 deer seasons are as follow:

  • firearm — Nov. 26-28, Dec. 18-22, and Dec. 26-29;
  • youth/disabled — Oct. 8-11; and
  • archery — Sept. 1-Dec. 31.

An amendment to the Fort Riley seasons was approved to include Jan. 8-9, 2011, as dates when "individuals who possess the required authorization issued by Fort Riley" may hunt antlered deer. This amendment is designed to include returning soldiers who may not have had the opportunity to hunt antlered deer during the open season.

The commission also set dates for the special extended firearm antlerless-only season in units 7, 8, and 15 at Jan. 10-16, 2011.

In other action, the commission approved an amendment that set the deadline for purchase of spring turkey/second turkey game tag combination permits. The spring turkey combination package must be purchased before April 1, 2011.