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             December 2016
Colder weather is making for some better fishing at area lakes and reservoirs.  Crappie fishermen are starting to catch some nice slabs at various lakes.  No  big number but some lakes are giving up some nice slabs.  The smaller lakes will be cooling faster than the bigger reservoirs and the bite always gets better at those lakes sooner but icing can hamper access.   White Bass, Wipers and Stripers are gathering in big schools out on channel breaks.
  
Dec 1. 2016



Time for another firearms deer season and prospects look fairly good according to some of the folks that I have talked with. For those that have been Deer hunting for a long time in Kansas, the memories of those days when luck played a lot of whether you could draw a firearms Deer permit. That was the situation in the 70's and early 80's. Landowners and farmers had first shot at the limited firearms permits in those early days. Archery permits were unlimited and many hunters opted to hunt with a bow. It was also a time that vast improvements were being made in bows which brought more people into the archery Deer hunting arena.

Now in 2016 Deer hunting has come a long way from the start of seasons in the 1960's. A lot of factors have contributed to the big increase in the Deer population. Mainly the Whitetail species of Deer. Mule Deer are still in the western part of Kansas and somewhat stable in their population but it's the Whitetails that have really multiplied into big numbers throughout the entire state. No and Limited hunting and changes in agriculture practices contributed to the big increase in Whitetail Deer numbers.

In the 1980's, word spread throughout the country about the big Whitetail Bucks in Kansas and that set into motion the creation of a new industry, professional guiding and outfitting. Guides beginning leasing up hunting rights on prime Deer areas and landowners and farmers found a value in the animals that were beginning to multiply into numbers that were creating problems for agriculture.

The Deer populations continued to grow in the 1990's and the state increased the number of anterless deer permits in hopes of slowing down the growth of the deer herd. Crop depradation by Deer was rampant in certain areas and the state issued permits to farmers and landowners to shoot the freeloading Deer. Certain areas of the state have a history of producing big antlered Bucks and the animals are considered a revenue producing resource for landowners. But in most areas, a nice Deer is a 10 pointer or maybe a wide 8 point.

Firearms Deer season for this year will probably find hunters harvesting a lot of annimals and hopefully doing so safely.