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Young Guns for up coming events contact Rich Sullivan office:827-0321 or cell:826-0217.
Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meetings:
March 20, 2014
Bob's Best Bets
Feb 13 ,2014 Ice fishing is becoming iffy and posibly dangerous at lakes where ice has formed. Current warm weather should help open most lakes in the next week to ten days.
Dec 18, 2013 Some hunters are wondering what happened to all the Deer. Most everyone agrees that it was a tougher season during the firearms segment. Losses to Blue Tongue disease is being blamed for the numbers being down in some areas. Some of the other factors that worked in favor of the Deer were lack of hunters due to the cold weather and abundant cover due to summer rains.
Hunters found that in some areas that the Deer just were not moving much in the daylight shooting hours. Trail cameras were picking up a lot of night time activity. We saw this on our trail camera and it was more activity during non-hunting hours than in previous years.
The Kansas Deer herd is probably down but how much gets a lot of discussion. Most agree that it is localized to certain areas. The 2 year drought had a big effect in some areas with farmers reporting seeing dead Deer.
The discussion about Deer almost always brings up the liberal limits on Does and the impact of non-resident hunters. We find few hunters who take all the Does that they can with most just taking one or none in addition to a Buck. Non-resident hunters are mostly trophy hunters and even though they are forced to buy an antlerless tag, will not try to fill it.
Some blamed the early firearms antlerless season on the decline in the Deer during regular firearms season. We found that season to be poorly received and poorly attended.
Most agree that it was an off Deer season and now it will be interesting to see the reaction from the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism staff. Their recommendations to the KDWPT commission may not come for several months but commissioners may be getting input from hunters before that.Lately the KDWPT commission has been influenced more by the legislature than the public or even the department staff on some issues. So if you think that changes need to be made to the Deer regulations and seasons, contact your state senator and representative.
Army Corps of Engineers has been talking about getting out of the park management business at reservoirs. Some discussions with Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have taken place recently. The recent federal government shut down at local reservoirs is a good reason to pursue this idea for KDWPT.
KDWPT Commission removed all restrictions on cartridge size and caliber of centerfire rifles and centerfire handguns for big game hunting. At the same time the commission removed any restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery seasons. All full metal jacket ammunition is still illegal for hunting.