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More legislative happenings

Two happenings in the legislature need to be added to the list of outdoors-related bills published on Sunday’s outdoors page. Click HERE to read Sunday’s list.

A hearing will be held on the Executive Reorganization Order to pair the Kansas Tourism Department with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

House Bill 2295 is slated to be discussed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Brought by Rep. Joe Seiwert, R-Pretty Prairie, the bill includes the following -

- Extend the special season for antlerless whitetails until Jan. 23 statewide.

-Allow a wide-variety of relatives to hunt a landowner’s property without having to purchase a hunting license and to purchase deer and turkey permits at reduced rates.

-Require all hunters to donate $2 to the Kansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry at the purchase of every deer permit.

-Allow the use of crossbows by the general population during archery deer season.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is expected to oppose all aspects of the bill.