Game wardens busy for pheasant/quail season opener


No injury or fatal hunting incidents were reported 

TOPEKA, Kan.– Game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) reported a number of violations during the opening weekend of the pheasant and quail regular season which began November 8. The weekend reporting period ran from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 9. No injury or fatal hunting incidents were reported. Wardens are investigating a boating accident that occurred at Stockdate Cove at Tuttle Creek Reservoir Saturday night. The 61-year old victim remains hospitalized at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka.

Across the state, wardens checked 704 hunters who had harvested 343 pheasants and 50 quail.

Game wardens and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers conducted a driver’s license and wildlife check lane on southbound US-81 in Ottawa County on Sunday night. Wardens checked 53 vehicles with 109 hunters who were transporting six deer, 111 pheasants (most were harvested in South Dakota), and 25 quail. One ticket was issued for failure to tag a deer.

Wardens arrested a man in Rice County Saturday night for trapping furbearers out of season, no fur harvester license, untagged traps, and felon illegally possessing a handgun. The furharvester season starts November 12.

A tip to Operation Game Thief (toll-free 1-877-426-3843) Saturday night led wardens to three people in Greenwood County who are being investigated for multiple deer hunting violations. Charges are pending. The regular firearm deer season is December 3-14.

A warden in Osage County apprehended a man stealing diesel fuel from a farmer’s tractor late Friday night. He was booked into jail for theft and driving while suspended.

A warden in Pottawattamie County worked with sheriff’s officers to apprehend a group illegally hunting with artificial light Saturday night. In addition to three people charged for illegally hunting with artificial light, they were charged with no hunting licenses and transporting open containers of alcohol.

Source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

A summary of the weekend activity follows:

Total boat accidents investigated1
Total boat violation citations4
Total boat accident injuries1
Total boat violation warnings2
Assist other law enforcement incidents19
Trespassing / hunting without permission citations6
Trespassing / hunting without warnings6
Illegal means to take deer / turkey citations2
Illegal means to take deer / turkey warnings0
Hunting game illegally from a vehicle citations4
Hunting game illegally from a vehicle warnings1
Hunting without a license citations13
Hunting without a license warnings8
Big game permit violation citations3
Big game permit violation warnings8
Other crime arrests3


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