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Notes from Jan. 7 commission meeting

Notes from Thursday’s Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms.

More details will be available on Sunday’s outdooors page in The Eagle and at

-Kansas deer hunters could eventually be using an online system to register harvested deer. Biologist Lloyd Fox mentioned a possible system where hunters send photos of their filled permit and deer to Pratt headquarters. Hunters would immediately be given a confirmation number.

Such a process would eliminate the need for deer heads to remain attached during transportation. That’s required in Kansas but other states won’t allow deer with heads and bones from states with CWD within their borders.

Ultimately it could also provide research information for biologists.

-The department is considering issuing, by drawing, a limited number of elk permits for management units 17 and 18 to help control growing elk populations along the Arkansas River in western Kansas.

- The commission asked the department to start proceedings to change a current regulation that does not allow archery deer hunters to carry practice or blunt points on arrows in their quivers. Currently only broadheads may be carried.

- Locally, the Cowley County Friends of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited of Valley Center were two of seven groups that drew commissioners’ big game permits. The deer permits can now be sold to sportsmen at substantial profit. Such money is used for conservation projects and to provide funding for the groups that drew the permits.