Kansas Deer News

Hunting, fishing fees could rise significantly August 1, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... Most out-of-state deer hunters could pay more than $500 for required licenses, rather than the current $385... If license sales stay as they were last year, Miller said the fee increases could bring in an additional $6 million annually to the department...

Wildlife official nixes mountain lion report July 31, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... after an absence of more than 100 years, the state’s first modern wild mountain lion was documented in 2007. Since, less than 10 have been documented. Most have shown up on remote trail cameras ...

Ten more deer test positive for wasting disease.July 18, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... That brings the total of tested deer with the disease to 74 of more than 25,000 tissue samples since sampling began in 1996. Kansas’ first positive in a wild deer was in 2005. Since then, the disease has progressively moved south and east...

Ten Deer Test Positive for CWD in 2014-2015 July 16, 2015 Kansas, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
     A total of 640 deer were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the 2014-2015 seasons, and 10 of those were confirmed positive. Samples were obtained from deer killed by hunters in southcentral and southwest parts of Kansas and from sick and/or suspect deer observed in the eastern, northcentral and northwest parts of the state. The 10 confirmed positives included two mule deer, one from Rawlins County and one from Scott County; and eight whitetails including two from Decatur County and one from each of the following counties, Norton, Meade, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Kearny, and Gray.
     CWD testing began in 1996 to help track the occurrence of CWD in the state’s wild deer, and nearly 25,000 tissue samples have undergone lab analysis since. The first CWD occurrence documented in a wild Kansas deer was a whitetail doe killed by a hunter in 2005 in Cheyenne County. Seventy-four deer have tested positive since testing began, and most have occurred in northwest Kansas, specifically Decatur, Rawlins, Sheridan and Norton counties...

New laws mean changes in Kansans' lives June 30, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
... This year’s law says that if you transfer a cervid on or off a ranch, you have to identify the animal to the state. Cervids that go straight to the slaughterhouse are exempted from the requirement ...

House wrong on wildlife management June 9, 2015 Kansas, Leavenworth Times
... the legislature is trying to make the deer the private property of whoever the landowner is rather than the property of the state. To his credit, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has stood his ground for state's rights on wildlife ownership. He argues that legally-taken game is the property of the person taking the game, but a landowner cannot claim ownership over illegally-taken game ...

Senate defeats antlers bill after short debate June 4, 2015 Kansas, Capital-Journal Online 
...  bill would require the state wildlife department to offer animal parts to landowners when the animal was unlawfully taken from their land... result of an ongoing quest by Tim Nedeau to take ownership of antlers from a 14-point deer that he says was illegally shot on his land ... 
 
Wasting Disease Spreads Through More Kansas Deer April 11, 2015 Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
... of about 600 deer tested, nine carried the disease... The disease now nearly stretches from Kansas’ borders with Nebraska and Oklahoma...

Chronic wasting disease spreads to 6 more Kan. counties April 6, 2015 Kansas, Hutchinson News
... chronic wasting disease has spread to six counties in southwest Kansas.  The disease, which is fatal to deer and elk, had already been found in three northwest Kansas counties ...

Deer in the headlights April 5, 215 Kansas, Hutchinson News 
... When the House passed a bill recently that would require state government to give landowners the animal parts of wildlife illegally poached on their land, lawmakers spoke of ending an ongoing saga...  Tim Nedeau’s quest to take ownership of antlers from a 14-point deer that he says was illegally shot on his land ...

Wasting disease spreads through more western Kansas deer April 1, 2015 Kansas, Kansas.com
... of about 600 deer tested, nine carried the disease... New counties with the disease are Gray, Hodgeman, Kearny, Pawnee, Meade and Scott counties, with one deer each. Decatur, Norton and Rawlins counties in northwest Kansas each had one deer test positive from last fall’s samples...

...  the House passed a bill this past week that would require state government to give landowners the animal parts of wildlife illegally poached on their land ... The saga in question: Tim Nedeau’s quest to take ownership of antlers from a 14-point deer that he says was illegally shot on his land  .. worth thousands...

Wildlife and Parks to formalize 2015 deer seasons March 20, 2015 Kansas, Kansas.com
...  Wildlife and Parks wants to reduce hunting opportunities for whitetails in units 8 and 16... the department wants to eliminate firearms permits that allow the taking of mule deer does in the eastern mule deer zone ...

Some Kansas deer hunters to see reduced opportunities this year March 18, 2015 Kansas.com
... Residents and non-residents will see tighter restrictions on how many antlerless whitetails they can kill ... Kansas' eastern mule deer zone, which includes management units 3,4,5,7 and 16 will see sizable permit reductions ...l esser reduction of resident permits for mule deer bucks and does in Kansas' western mule deer zone  ...

Bills under consideration would affect KDWPT February 17, 2015 Kansas, Hays Post 
... SB46 ... would require domesticated deer that enter a premises alive or leave a premises alive or dead for any purpose, other than for direct movement to a licensed or registered slaughter facility in Kansas, have official identification ...

... a proposal by Rep. Adam Lusker, D-Frontenac, to amend the Kansas constitution to guarantee the right to hunt, fish and trap... Eighteen states guarantee the right to hunt and fish through constitutional amendments...

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 will 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.  Mule deer populations are struggling, particularly in the east.
      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.

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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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