A look at outdoors-related bills in the Kansas Legislature:
A bill requiring some deer hunters using bows and crossbows to shoot a doe before they could legally shoot a buck is scheduled to have a hearing before legislators this week.
House bill 2458 would require all residents with a statewide archery permit and all non-residents with an archery permit to shoot a doe first. Hunters using crossbows would face the same requirement.
The bill makes no restrictions for visiting firearms hunters or resident hunters with permits that allow firearms deer hunting.
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Pros: If passed, the bill could increase the number of deer killed in Kansas.
Cons: The bill would require a check system that could cost the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks close to $500,000, according to KDWP lawyer Chris Tymeson.
It could cost bowhunters opportunities at a trophy buck if one offers a shot before a doe. Non-resident hunters paying for a guided hunt could resent the law and decide to hunt in other states.
It would also force bowhunters to shoot extra deer on properties with low deer populations.
House bill 2457 would offer out-of-state hunters under the age of 16 free licenses. They currently pay half price.
Pros: The change could help adult visitors bring more young hunters into Kansas.
Cons: The loss of license sales could cost Wildlife and Parks about $94,000, Tymeson said.
The same bill would also exempt all residents and non-residents from needing hunting licenses to shoot coyotes and prairie dogs.
Pros: The change could get more people shooting coyotes and prairie dogs, which are considered destructive pests by many.
Cons: The law would lead to reduced Wildlife and Parks revenues. It could allow poachers to be afield under the guise of hunting prairie dogs or coyotes.
House bill 2459 would exempt Kansans from needing a hunting license to kill or capture prairie rattlesnakes. Currently, a hunting license is required to kill or capture Kansas reptiles or amphibians unless the animal is threatening someone or their property.
Pros: The law would allow anyone to kill or capture prairie rattlesnakes whenever they find them.
Con: Problems could arise with proper snake identification.
More CWD cases — Four more deer from northwest Kansas have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Mike Miller, Wildlife and Parks education chief, said tissue samples from the deer tested positive at a Kansas State University laboratory.
Earlier this month, the department reported six other deer from the region had also tested positive.
The four recent cases will be sent to Iowa for verification at a federal facility. The six sent earlier were confirmed as positives.
CWD is always fatal in deer, elk and moose. It has not been documented in humans, pets or livestock.
Miller said slightly more than half of the 2,300 tissue samples taken during recent hunting seasons have been tested at K-State.
The disease appears to be moving southward and eastward.
One of the four recent cases is the first to come from Logan County.