The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission will vote on liberalizing equipment for deer hunting at Thursday’s meeting in Topeka.
Mike Miller, Wildlife and Parks information chief, said the agency will ask the commission to approve the following:
At a January meeting in El Dorado, some hunters spoke against such a change, fearing it could lead to wounded deer shot with smaller bullets, like a .223.
Many bowhunters disagree, saying the ease of crossbows will lead to more deer killed.
Only those with physical disabilities and those basically 15 and under and 55 and older can use a crossbow during the archery season in Kansas.
Four management units allowed hunters of all ages to use crossbows last season as part of a two-year research project.
Wildlife and Parks hopes the combination permit, which was mandated by the legislature, will lead to increased numbers of killed antlerless deer in large areas leased for non-resident hunting.
The meeting will be held at the Kansas Historical Society History Center, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka.
The meeting’s sessions begin at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Public comment is invited at both sessions. The meeting will also be carried at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.