A new hunting season is underway, and with it comes some new hunting regulations. Chris Tymeson, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism attorney, said the following are some of the most important.
Hunters of all ages can legally use crossbows during archery seasons in deer management units 1, 12, 15 and 19, as part of a legislature-mandated pilot program to try more liberalized crossbow regulations across the state. In those four units, hunters 16 to 54 must obtain a free crossbow hunter survey number. They are available at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.
The new regulation helps hunters to leave offal afield if they’ve tagged a deer with an antlerless-only permit. In the past, the head had to be left attached to the carcass so gender could be determined.
Tymeson expects those of that age to be able to buy regular hunting and fishing licenses at half-price, which is about $9, or buy a lifetime combination hunting and fishing license for about $40.
Spann, from Tennessee, is charged with illegally transporting a whitetail deer from Kansas to Tennessee in November 2007, knowing the buck was taken in violation of Kansas hunting regulations. The indictment refers to one regulation as having “a valid big game permit required to take big game within the state.”
In 2007, Spann shot a non-typical whitetail buck that grossed about 230 and netted about 224 Pope & Young inches in Stafford County. The deer was shot with archery equipment, during the state’s archery season.
At the time, it was believed to be the largest whitetail buck shot on video. The hunt gained Spann considerable media attention. He’s also had scores of other hunts documented and appeared at many hunting-related shows.
The case involves the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and wildlife officials from Tennessee and Kansas.