Kansas Deer News

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 ...

Discovering deer habits: A new type of learning. December 21, 2013 Kansas,  Winfield Daily Courier 
... the Environmental Science and Natural Resources class at Oxford Jr./Sr. ...  “We found that deer have very specific schedules in that they will come every night at the exact same time to the same feeder. We have also found that the deer prefer normal corn rather than a corn that has been modified by humans to improve flavor.” ...

... “I think if you shoot a deer, and need help recovering that deer, you should be able to (use a dog) and recover that deer,” said Tim Donges, an El Dorado hunter and Quality Deer Management Association member. “Anytime we can help a hunter recover a deer, we should do what we can.” ...  “a culture” existing in parts of southern Missouri where some use packs of free-running hounds to illegally chase deer, hurt the cause...



Deer season off and running December 7, 2013 Kansas, Topeka Capital Journal
... Last year, Kansas issued 193,167 total deer permits... Drought and disease have caused some localized problems for deer numbers in certain parts of Kansas. Some hunters have reported seeing fewer deer than in years’ past ...

Deer firearm season opens Wednesday across Kansas December 2, 2013 Kansas, osagecountyonline.com 
... Dec. 4 marks the first day of firearm deer season ... hunters will have the opportunity to hunt deer with any centerfire rifle and handgun; any gauge shotgun using slugs; and any legal muzzleloading rifle, musket, or pistol .40 caliber or larger...

Another firearms deer season approaches November 30, 2013 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... deer numbers are still down in some parts of Kansas. Out west it's because several years of drought hurt fawn production. In eastern Kansas it could be because of two years of disease ... Some parts of eastern Kansas also had drought-related epizootic homorrhagic disease in 2011 and 2012, which lead to some localized die-offs...

Deer hunters' work starts well before Dec. 4 November 21, 2013 Kansas, Peabody Gazette Bulletin
... A deer needs food, water, and a place to sleep.” Planting corn, soybeans, and turnips can help attract deer to an area. “A lot of people won’t realize deer love turnips,” ... Craig Dodd ... a deer stays within a 5-square-mile area, which needs to have food, water, and places to hide and sleep. During the rut — deer mating season — those barriers disappear ...

...  mid-October to December is the reproductive season for deer, leading them to be more active.  Another reason according to Kansas State University Wildlife Specialist Charlie Lee is because the deer are looking for new places to hide after harvest season... 

Kansas tweaks deer-hunting regulations November 8, 2013 News-Press Now
... While the statewide Kansas deer population is decreasing due to three years of severe drought in the western portion of the state, the number of permits purchased by hunters is on the rise. ... Chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance ... No deer herds have been confirmed to have the disease in the eastern part of the state, but data indicates it may be moving eastward...

... possibly the biggest trophy deer poaching case in U.S. history... “Jail time is not often assigned in wildlife crimes,” said Brooks, lead agent in what was dubbed Operation Cimarron, “and these guys are going to jail.” ...



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Kansas data: More than 600,000 deer estimated in 2013.  Population estimated at 511,000 in 2012 after legal hunting.  Deer population in 2010: 550,000.  Two years of drought and significant EHD last year, so three 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.

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- Deer Damage Control Guidelines, Department of Wildlife
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