Posted: 30 Jul 2020 12:06 PM PDT
PRATT – With social distancing easily achieved, hunting remains one of the safest outdoor activities in Kansas. While all hunters can opt to pursue game on their own by utilizing the state’s public lands, staff at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism seek to create additional hunting opportunities through the department’s Special Hunts program. Through this limited draw program, hunters can gain temporary, exclusive access to private lands, wildlife areas, state parks, federal lands and city- or county-owned properties not normally hunted, ensuring a memorable experience.
Hundreds of special hunt opportunities are available each fall, all at no cost. The deadline to apply for First Draw Hunts (hunts occurring in September and October) is 9 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2020, and the deadline to apply for Second Draw Hunts (hunts occurring in November, December, January and February) is 9 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2020. A random computer drawing will be conducted within two days following the application deadline to determine which applicants are selected.
Resident and nonresident hunters may apply. Through the online application process, hunters will select hunts by species, equipment, location and more – including the hunt type: Open Hunt, Youth Hunt, or Mentored Hunt. All applicants are eligible to apply for Open Hunts, regardless of age or hunting experience. Youth Hunts require parties to include at least one hunter age 18 or younger, accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who may not hunt. Mentored Hunts are open to both youth and novice hunters supervised by a mentor age 21 or older who may also hunt.
Successful applicants will be emailed their hunt permit, as well as area maps and other pertinent information. Hunters are responsible for purchasing necessary licenses and permits required by law.
Most special hunts are for deer and upland game, but opportunities also exist for waterfowl, dove, turkey and furbearers.
For more information on the Special Hunts Program, and to apply, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Special Hunts Information.”
|KDWPT Commission to Host Virtual Meeting August 20
Posted: 30 Jul 2020 12:01 PM PDT
PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commission will conduct a public meeting on Aug. 20, 2020, through a Zoom video conference. The public is encouraged to participate in the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m., recesses at 5 p.m., and reconvenes at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing. Time will be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items at the beginning of both the afternoon and evening sessions, and members of the public will have opportunities to provide comment on agenda items throughout the meeting.
Interested parties may participate in the Aug. 20 meeting through one of three following methods:
A) Log Into Zoom
2. Register by entering your first and last name, and email address.
3. Once registered, you will be provided a link to “join the meeting.”
4. Visitors will be muted upon entering the meeting. To comment or ask a question, use the “raise hand” feature or type into the chat area.
B) Call In
1. Call: 1-877-853-5257
2. When a meeting ID is requested, enter: 96077677772#
3. When a participant ID is requested, enter: #
4. For comments or questions, email: email@example.com
C) Watch Live Video/Audio Stream
1. Individuals may watch a live video/audio stream of the meeting on https://ksoutdoors.com/commission-meeting
The afternoon session will begin with an agency and state fiscal status report, followed by a general discussion on big game regulations.
A series of workshop topics – items that may be voted on at a future commission meeting – will follow, including: 2021-2022 turkey regulations, park regulations, fishing regulations, public land cabin rates, and falconry regulations.
The Commission will recess by 5 p.m. and reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to vote on electronic records for fur dealers and the use of thermal imaging and night vision equipment while coyote hunting.
If necessary, the Commission will reconvene at 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 through the same Zoom link to complete any unfinished business. Should this occur, time will again be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items.
Information about the Commission, including the Aug. 20 meeting agenda and briefing book, can be downloaded at https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Commission.
An interpreter for the hearing impaired can be requested by calling the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the Commission secretary at (620) 672-5911.
The next KDWPT Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.