Kansas Deer News

This is a whitetail deer from South Central Kansas that we have seen for the last couple of years and originally thought that he had broken off the points in previously but now we believe it is a gene - October 28. 2014



Poaching on valued land October 25, 2014 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas 
... Many times he has found bodies of bucks, with heads and antlers removed, on the land he owns and leases in Pawnee County... a poached buck was found on one of his pastures. The meat, head and antlers were intact. That’s at least four deer he’s found poached within the past year on property ...

Mountain Lion confirmed in Kansas October 22, 2014 hays Post
... A deer hunter from Labette County got a surprise recently when he checked his trail camera ...  This is the tenth mountain lion verified by KDWPT since 2007 ...

...  in the fall, motorists should be especially vigilant for deer crossing the highways. Deer breeding season peaks in mid-November, and this marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are highest...  14 percent, or 8,104, of all traffic crashes in 2013 ...

The hunt is on in Missouri and Kansas; here’s what to expect  October 10, 2014 Kansas, The Kansas City Star
... [Kansas}:  After three years of drought, large amounts of Conservation Reserve Program land being put back into production (the CRP compensates farmers for idling marginal crop land and providing wildlife cover) and some effects from hemorrhagic disease, there’s little question that whitetail numbers are down...

...  owner, said the poachers scaled an 8-foot fence, and cut off the deer's head. The buck cost him $50,000 ... 
     Poachers take head of trophy buck at Kansas deer farm October 6, 2014 No Animal Poaching
... There is a reward for tips leading to an arrest and restitution, Rigel said. Anyone with information is asked to call 785-425-8000.

... working toward a breakthrough in controlling chronic wasting disease (CWD), a brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose. Groups of scientists from Kansas State University and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center were recently allowed access to quarantined, CWD-positive herds in Iowa and Pennsylvania ...

Deer-archery season underway in Kansas September 20, 2014 Kansas First News 
...  he credits popular films like “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers,” which both feature archers as main characters, for really bringing archery into the forefront of popular culture ...

... For years the agency has required hunters to fill out cards ... “In a nutshell, all this is is an electronic version of that paper system,” ...

New data shows deer collisions in Kan. decline September 15, 2014 Kansas, Kansas First News
... Kansas drivers are 1.5 percent less likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. ...

Poachers hitting deer near Cedar Bluff Reservoir August 7, 2014 Kansas, Kansas Wildlife Federation
... State wildlife officials found six deer off the highway near Cedar Bluff Reservoir, all killed by poachers in July... The poachers didn’t take any meat or antlers from the deer...  you can report them anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-246-3843...



Poachers hitting deer near Cedar Bluff Reservoir July 24, 2014 Kansas, KSN TV 
... State wildlife officials found six deer off the highway near Cedar Bluff Reservoir, all killed by poachers in the past month...  they’re just driving by and shooting them, and driving off and leaving them to waste there in the grass,” ...  you can report them anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-246-3843.

... KDWPT meeting, dogs for deer tracking June 14, 2014 Kansas, Kansas.com
...  the use of dogs to locate wounded or dead deer will draw discussion, and possibly spirited debate, at Thursday’s Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting in Pittsburg... sessions at 1 and 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Lamplighter Inn, 4020 Parkview Drive in Pittsburg. For more information, or to view the meeting online, go to www.kdwpt.state.ks.us...

Deer birthing season spawning accidents June 10, 2014 Kansas, Hutchinson News
... . “The peak of rut is Nov. 15. The gestation period for deer is 202 days. If you do the math, June 6 is the peak of the fawning period.” The peak season for deer/vehicle collisions is during the rut, when bucks are seeking out mates. But there is often a secondary bump in collisions in spring, with fawning...

... After about three years of discussions, research and gathering public input, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced limited deer and turkey hunting will be allowed ... link to Quivira Refuge web site ...  the hunts, which could start with less than 10 hunters at a time, could include the September’s youth season and the January season that’s held to hunt only antlerless whitetails...

Wildlife and Parks shortens deer season and number of permits March 23, 2014 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas 
...  commission approved reductions in permits for antlerless whitetails and fewer days for the state’s January season for antlerless whitetails in some parts of Kansas. Lloyd Fox, Wildlife and Parks big-game program coordinator, said the reductions are in response to drought-related declines in deer populations...

KDWPT commission looks at smaller deer-hunting seasons March 16, 2014 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... “Our deer numbers have dropped the last couple of years, so we’re backing off on some of the antlerless-only opportunities where we’ve seen the decline,” ... Lloyd Fox ... big-game program coordinator ...

KDWPT to meet in Topeka March 16, 2014 Kansas, Topeka Capital Journal
... Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission public meeting and hearing Thursday... The public hearing will be focused on free park entrance and free fishing days; elk season, bag limit and permit; and deer season, including bag limit, and permits...

Giving property owner poached animals a bad idea March 16, 2014 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... America’s wildlife belongs to the public is a cornerstone for sound, widespread wildlife management. But now in the Kansas senate, House Bill 2538 could be the first step toward making wild animals the possessions of landowners by making illegally-hunted animals the property of the owner of the land where they were poached...

Hunters start the spring with a shed hunt March 14, 2014 Kansas, Kansas First News
... The bulk of Kansas whitetail bucks,shed their antlers in February. Just like with any biological process, not every deer is the same. Some bucks have been known to shed as early as November/early December, while others have kept their antlers well into mid-April...

Video shows locked-antlered buck saved by Wichita hunter March 4, 2014 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... Coyotes, it appeared, had already eaten the other buck down to its skeleton... “It was quite the sight, what that one buck had endured,” said McAnally, “... I really wanted to free it if I could.” ...

Two Whitetail bucks locked in Kansas. The larger of the 2 eaten by coyotes while the other was alive. Had to use a wood saw to cut a few tines off both deer until the live one was free. - February, 2014



Kansas sees chronic wasting disease cases February 28, 2014 News-Press Now
...  five whitetail deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2013-2014 hunting season.  Shane Hesting, wildlife disease coordinator, said a total of 389 deer were tested statewide... Since the first CWD case in the state was found in a captive bull elk in the South Central Zone in 2001, there have been 58 whitetail deer and one mule deer that tested positive bringing the total to 60 infected...

Students Rescue Buck Locked to Another Buck's Severed Head February 19, 2014 Kansas, Outdoor Life
...  Although it appears as though both of these animals are dead, one of these bucks is still kicking. The two animals were discovered by Luke Laha, a wildlife management instructor at Pratt Community College in Kansas...

The Pratt Community College Wildlife Enterprise Management program had to take action when they saw this buck struggling to survive with a locked up buck.



Landowner seeks law after state keeps poached antlers February 15, 2014 Kansas, Topeka Capital-Journal 
... Tim Nedeau's years-long quest to obtain the record-setting antlers of a deer a Topeka man poached on his land ... led him to seek a state law making poached antlers the property of landowners if they want them...

A look at outdoors-related bills in Legislature February 15, 2014 Kansas, Wichita Eagle 
... House Bill 2538 wold give landowners the right of first refusal on the antlers from deer illegally killed on their property. Law enforcement officials fear the bill would change the ownership of wildlife from the citizens of Kansas to private landowners. In turn, that could mean landowners would be liable for damages deer on their property may cause to others ...

Hunter Survey Participation Vital For Deer Management February 7, 2014 Kansas, AmmoLand.com 
... Forty thousand of the approximately 120,000 hunters who hunted deer in Kansas this past season will be contacted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) via an online survey. The survey, which is conducted every year, asks deer hunters to provide information regarding harvest success ...

Planning for 2014 Kansas Deer Season January 11, 2014 Kansas.com
...Lloyd Fox, Wildlife and Parks big-game program coordinator, began discussions on the upcoming Kansas deer seasons, predicting no changes from the current season frameworks. Concerns about the whitetail population in extreme southwest Kansas could lead to more conservative seasons and limits on antlerless whitetails in that region...

... When police arrived they determined the deer was fine but had taken a liking to the parking lot...

Top outdoors stories of 2013, declining deer populations January 4, 2014 Kansas, Topeka Capital Journal
... avid deer hunters who are normally successful saw far fewer deer than years past. As mentioned, drought conditions can affect fawn survival and deer diseases are more detrimental during drought years, and deer numbers locally can be drastically reduced in some areas...

Deer season extended January 2, 2014 Kansas, Pratt Tribune 
... The counties in the special extended session were chosen because of antlerless population and the amount of complaints about deer in the area and the number of deer vs. vehicle accidents... The department also conducts spotlight surveys in the fall and distance-sampling using predetermined routes... Part of the increase is from more moisture this year than in the last couple of years ...

Kansas data: More than 600,000 deer estimated in 2013, but the population is down in 2014 after three years of drought and reduced habitat resulting from less land in the Conservation Reserve Program.  Population estimated at 511,000 in 2012 after legal hunting.  Deer population in 2010: 550,000.  Drought and a significant outbreak of EHD in 2012, so the four year average population is down, particularly in southwest Kansas.  Increasing geographic fragmentation of deer populations and increasing predatory pressure from coyotes. 
      An estimated 30,000 deer in 1965 after efforts to restore the deer population.  By 1900, all big game animals had been hunted to virtual extinction in the state.  Prior to settlement there were large herds of mule deer and white-tails were abundant in the timbered areas of eastern Kansas.  The 2013 harvest was 89,664 deer. During the 2012-13 season hunters took 94,70 deer - 91,357 white-tails and 2,71 mule deer.  About 52.6 percent of the white-tails were antlerless, 15.9% of the mule deer.  About 123,195 deer hunters who purchased 123,195 licenses that season. The first modern deer season was in 1955. Mule deer can be found in the western two-thirds of the state.

Other useful links:
Report Sick and dead deer for KDWPT at this link: surveymonkey.com/s/WHZKVNS 

- Deer Damage Control Guidelines, Department of Wildlife

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