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Hunting regulation changes will be proposed Thursday

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at 12:05 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at 8:18 a.m.

Proposed regulations on hunting issues will be debuted at Thursday's Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting in Salina.

Chris Tymeson, department attorney, said agency staff will propose changes:

* Allowing the use of crossbows during the archery seasons by anyone holding a youth hunting permit or hunters 55 or older.

Currently, crossbows can be used during the firearms deer season and during the archery season by those with approved disabilities.

Last year, the Kansas legislature considered allowing the use of crossbows during archery season to increase deer harvest.

Many hunters think that could place too much pressure on the state's trophy deer herd.

* A regulation will be proposed to ban baiting on public lands.

Some hunters put out piles of corn, salt and mineral blocks to attract deer and wild turkeys. Some fear baiting creates an unfair advantage and may help spread wildlife diseases.

* A new law to ban hunters from placing more than two treestands on public hunting areas and require portable ground blinds to be removed daily. That could relieve and better distribute pressure on hard-hunted public areas.

All decoys would need to constantly attended or removed for the night. Some hunters place waterfowl decoys at night to reserve the spot for the next morning.

* A regulation to ban guiding on public lands and waters.

Some object to guides making money for taking clients on public lands. Some hunters prefer to hire a guide to do the scouting and furnish all of the equipment, especially when hunting waterfowl.

* Create a law that would require the use of non-toxic shot on all department fields managed for dove hunting.

The change could keep many pounds of lead from getting into the soil.

Non-toxic shot, usually steel, is generally more expensive than lead. Using non-toxic shot for doves is now mandated only on major public wetlands.

Tymeson said the regulations could become law before this fall's hunting seasons. The non-toxic shot regulation, though, is proposed for the 2013.

Tymeson said discussion will also be heard on a variety of possible changes to deer season dates. Requested by members of the public and legislature, things like changing the opening of firearms season to before Thanksgiving and opening the season for antlerless whitetails before Christmas have been discussed for several months.

Tymeson doubts any action will be taken on those possible changes this year. For more information go to www.kdwpt.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911

Applications due _ Jan. 8 is the final day applications will be accepted for teens 13-18 wanting to participate in April's Governor's turkey hunt in El Dorado.

All meals and accommodations are furnish, and kids receive a new shotgun, lifetime hunting license and camouflage clothing. A Kansas hunter education certificate is required. Go to www.ksgovsturkeyhunt.com.

For more details and an application contact www.ksgovsturkeyhunt.com.

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