Kansas Deer News

Oh, Deer: It’s an Antlered Doe January 12, 2015 Kansas, Wall Street Journal
... Biologically female, it is typically able to conceive, bear and nurse fawns. But this doe typically manufactures above-average levels of testosterone, giving it a masculinity expressed through the sprouting of antlers ... acclaim followed the killings this season of three other antlered females ... [in Montana, Maine, and Arkansas]

Deer concerns in Kansas January 8, 2015 KansasCity.com
     The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is looking into establishing more restrictive deer-hunting regulations.  At a commission meeting Thursday in Bonner Springs, Lloyd Fox, the big-game program coordinator for the agency, discussed the possibility of reducing the length of the season and the number of permits for shooting antlerless deer and limiting nonresident permits in some units....

... Lloyd Fox, Wildlife and Parks big-game program coordinator, said reductions are receiving consideration because of low deer numbers found in some areas on fall surveys ...

... A hunter killed an 8-point antlered doe over the weekend in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The man thought he was aiming at a buck when he pulled the trigger and shot the animal, but what he shot instead was a rare doe with eight antlers... something like one in about 10,000 will have antlers ...

Deer hunting means big bucks for Ohio's economy December 8, 2014 Kansas, Kansas City Post
...  Deer hunting means big business for Ohio. The total economic impact of hunting statewide is estimated at more than $853 million annually, according to a report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation...

... “The fact that we’re down five officers does have an impact on the area, ... Kansas Wildlife and Parks is in the process of interviewing several applicants ...

... "Probably trespassing is one of our most common violations and then followed by not having the proper permits." ... only about 2 percent of Kansas land is public, compared to neighboring states, like Colorado, that have around 60 percent of public land...

Wildlife and Parks testing for chronic wasting disease November 28, 2014 Kansas, Kansas.com
... South-central Kansas deer hunters are being asked to help track the spread of chronic wasting disease across the state. Volunteers can take their deer to several locations in the region, where taxidermists or meat processors can remove the tissue needed to have the buck or doe tested for the disease...

... “We’re not seeing any significant change in deer densities,” said Lloyd Fox, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big-game program coordinator. “We should be a little bit better as far as older deer go, though.” ... 

Worry not about that deer on your sidewalk November 25, 2014 Kansas, Kansas City Star 
... The first three weeks of November in these parts are “the rut,” or mating season, for deer ...That means there’s a lot of chasing and moving around going on.  So my deer, as I think of her, was probably taking a solitary walk to escape a pesky suitor ...

Opening weekend busy for Kansas game wardens November 11, 2014 Salina Journal
... Overall, 13 were ticketed for hunting without a license; six for trespassing and hunting without permission; two for taking deer or turkey by illegal means; four for hunting from a vehicle, eight for hunting without a license and three for big-game permit violations...

KDWPT poorly managing deer, herds in decline November 3, 2014 Kansas,  Capital-Journal Online 
... While other states are reducing harvest objectives, Kansas continues to encourage herd reduction. For example, maintaining 55 days of antlerless firearms and four months of bowhunting season in Unit 19 on the heels of staggering EHD losses and other natural mortality ...

Shortage of game wardens critical in Kansas November 2, 2014 Kansas,  Kansas.com
... 62 game wardens will try to protect the game animals that support Kansas’ $400 million hunting industry ... Oklahoma has 120 game wardens. Missouri regularly fields about 160 full-time game wardens...

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 ...

Kansas data: About 600,000 deer estimated pre-hunt in 2014 and 2013.  In 2014, the state reduced antlerless tags and the number of days in the hunting season to increase the population. Tags are likely to be reduced again in 2015.  The population was trending down after three years of drought and reduced habitat resulting from less land in the Conservation Reserve Program. Population after hunting estimated at 510,000 in 2013 and 2014, 511,000 in 2012, 550,000 in 2010. A significant outbreak of EHD in 2012, bringing average trend over the past several years 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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