Kansas Deer News

Depredation Tags: Are Farmers Gaming the System? September 13, 2016 Kansas, North American Whitetail Magazine
... The discovery of five dead deer on a Kansas public hunting area has reignited a simmering debate ...  was perfectly legal. The deer were killed by a local farmer... Kansas, along with virtually every other state that has whitetail deer, give farmers and other landowners what are known as depredation or kill permits...

... five mutilated deer carcasses that had been left to rot on state-owned land ... several of the does had full milk sacks, meaning some fawns likely were orphaned by the wasteful killing ... depredation isn’t considered recreational or “fair-chase” hunting, but rather a tool to cull deer ... the non-hunting public, along with a lot of hunters, would have a serious fit if they knew KDWPT and farmers were shooting deer and letting them be wasted ...

Elk and Either-Species Deer Permit Applications Due July 8 Kansas, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
... Deer Firearm Either-species/Either-sex permit (white-tailed or mule deer buck, doe or fawn): General Resident – $52.50; Resident Landowner/Tenant – $32.50; Resident Youth (15 and younger): $22.50; Nonresident Tenant – $97.50 Preference Point – $11.50 ...   Elk Firearm Either-sex: General Resident – $302.50; Landowner/Tenant – $152.50; Resident Youth (15 and younger) – $127.50; Nonresident Tenant – $152.50...   Elk (antlerless): General Resident – $152.50; Landowner/Tenant – $77.50; Resident Youth (15 and younger) – $52.50; Nonresident tenant – $77.50

The fee to apply for an elk permit or purchase a bonus point is $12.81.
...  a printing error sent duplicate mailings to more than 3,200 hunters in early June ... 
Kansas Raises Cost of Non-Resident Deer Tags June 7, 2016 North American Whitetail Magazine
... a non-resident deer license will increase from $315 to $415, and the cost of a required small-game license will rise from $70 to $95 ...nWe were able to hold our license fees steady since 2002 ...

...  It just ran from one side of the garage to another looking over the edge. … Fowler sat in the middle of the garage and spoke to the deer until it calmed down ... “The deer had to be pretty intelligent, because I pointed the way I wanted it to go … and it went that way,” ...

A deer gets in and and swims around with the swimmers during the 2016 Kansas City Triathlon. - May 16, 2016


... The Senate voted ... against a measure addressing cases in which the state’s wildlife department seizes antlers and other animal parts from poached game.... would have had to offer the parts first to the owner of the land ...

     Legislators take pointed positions on simmering antler dispute April 30, 2016 Topeka Capital Journal
... The Senate dug in its heels for the second consecutive year Saturday by rejecting legislation adopted by the House to force state regulators to release to a landowner a set of prized deer antlers poached five years ago in Osage County...

Effects of wildlife after a wildfire April 25, 2016 Kansas, Hutchinson News
... Anderson Creek fire ... southern Kansas ...  a few deer on the newly emerging grasses...  hadn’t found any dead deer, but had found some porcupines and squirrels.  ... 

Kansas to offer fewer deer permits April 1, 2016 News-Press Now
... will offer fewer hunting permits for mule deer in Kansas this fall in response to a reduction in the population... Fox estimates that there are 50,000 mule deer in the state and around 2,000 deer are harvested each fall.  He said the decline in mule deer populations are also occurring not only in Kansas but in Nebraska and regions of the Great Plains...

...  the Anderson Creek wildfire, he said, which is not talked about as much.  “The effect of the fire has been devastating on wildlife—the number of deer, coyotes and turkeys that have been killed,” Rethorst said...

Researchers developing new live-animal test for CWD March 28, 2016 Kansas, CattleNetwork.com
... A team of researchers led by Nicholas Haley, DVM, PhD, at Kansas State University, have made significant progress in developing a new live-animal test for chronic wasting disease ...  testing using RT-QuIC assay had the highest sensitivity, at 69.8%, compared to that for postmortem testing, with a specificity of greater than 93.9%...

Prevalence of deadly deer disease increasing in some parts of Kansas March 1, 2016 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... The gradual spread of chronic wasting disease from northwest Kansas east ...  prevalence of the disease, which is always fatal to deer, within that area has increased tremendously ... “We had 53 positives this year and collected about 700 samples,” ...

Deer electrocuted by downed powerline February 12, 2016 Kansas, KSN-TV
... Six deer were killed in a wheat field in Smith County when a power line fell into the field as they were feeding....

Check out this big group of does that was caught on a trail camera in Topeka. - February 10, 2016 Kansas


Amendment would establish hunting, fishing right in Kansas January 27, 2016 Lawrence Journal World
... Lawmakers are considering an amendment that would give Kansans a constitutional right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife...

Kansas Offers Five-year Hunt/Fish Licenses January 18, 2016 Kansas, Kansas City infoZine
... Five-year hunting, fishing and hunt/fish combination licenses are now available ...  $102.50, compared to purchasing the $27.50 annual hunting or fishing license each year for five years - $137.50...

Whitetail Deer in Kansas Struggle to Escape Flooding Near Highway 400 January 1, 2016 Wide Open Spaces
... The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office posted this video of several deer struggling to get free of the horrible current and find their way out of the raging flood waters...

Hunters more successful in-state December 31, 2015 Kansas, McPherson Sentinel
... The Kansas deer population has remained stable for the past decade with roughly 630,000 deer in the state. That’s a vast improvement from virtual extinction in the 1950s. Fox predicts that this year’s hunting season will reach between 95,000 to 100,000 deer...

... public meeting  on Jan. 7, 2016... Commissioners will then draw seven Commission Big Game Permits to be issued to eligible conservation organizations ...

Extended Antlerless Deer Season ... December 28, 2015 Kansas, Hays Post
...  there is an extended deer firearms season across the state for
antlerless whitetail deer only, where any unfilled deer permit from a regular
season is valid. An antlerless deer is defined in the regulations as “a deer without
a visible antler plainly protruding from the skull.” ...

Kansas’ deer-hunting architect December 12, 2015 The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... “They hired me in 1963 and said they had a target date of 1965 for Kansas’ first deer season,” [Lee Queal] ...  It was also so hard to get a doe harvest going if a state had been buck only for years... "

Police officer cited for illegal deer hunt December 11, 2015 Kansas, Dodge City Daily Globe
... Suspects in the area of Spearville were allegedly using a two-way radio communication device while deer hunting...

Kingman hunter’s 'buck' is a rare doe with antlers December 7, 2015 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... The buck she shot about 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon, on land owned by her husband’s family in Kingman County, is actually the second antlered doe to be shot in south-central Kansas in about a year...

Early reports from firearms deer season mixed December 5, 2015 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas
...  “This is the slowest deer season I’ve seen in 10 years,” said Hal Kaina, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden ... public areas he’s checked have been crowded ...

Bountiful deer harvest not likely in firearms season December 2, 2015 Kansas, The Marysville Advocate
... “The deer population is still feeling the effects of the EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease) outbreak a few years ago,” Brown said. “The numbers are coming back, but they are taking their sweet time. They are not breaking any speed records.” ...

Kansas deer season by the numbers November 29, 2015 The Wichita Eagle Kansas
... deer numbers are rebounding across most of Kansas, but are not up to par in many areas. He said fewer hunters will be allowed to shoot mule deer this season, especially antlerless mule deer. Antlerless whitetails are seeing increased protection in southwest Kansas and several other management units as they try to recover from several years of drought or related disease outbreaks...

Witness poaching? Picking up the phone can make a difference November 29, 2015 Kansas, osagecountyonline.com
... Operation Game Thief, 877-426-3843, is a toll-free line available 24/7 ... The sad reality is countless numbers of big game animals are illegally killed in Kansas each year...

... In Reno County, a button buck was shot with a rifle Friday night. The deer was left 1 mile north of Fairfield High School.  Meanwhile, on Sunday night, residents reported shots fired in an area of Kingman County ... call Operation Game Thief at (877) 426-3843

... Nov. 13 is considered "Deer Day," around the time that the deer mating season, or rut, peaks... In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new locations as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs ...

...Basic hunting and fishing license fees haven’t increased since 2002, and the price of resident deer and turkey permits haven’t increased since 1984... Resident deer permits will go from $30 to $40; nonresidents will pay $415 for the combination ...

... in northeast Rooks County.  The three deer were shot in the neck with a rifle and the antlers were removed... Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Great Plains October 21, 2015 Kansas, Game & Fish
... Kansas’ deer numbers are below the carrying capacity of the land ...The western third of Kansas has an abundance of CRP land, better habitat for mule deer and larger mule deer...

Device helps find deer that have been shot October 18, 2015 Kansas, The Kansas City Star
... When big whitetails are shot with an arrow, they seldom fall dead in their tracks. They run a ways, then fall over. For many, that’s when the real hunt begins. They try to follow blood trails until they can locate the deer they have shot... The Game Vector system relies on a miniature transmitter housed in an aerodynamic module that attaches to the arrow ...

EHD cases in deer reported in Greenwood, Osage counties October 17, 2015 Kansas, The Emporia Gazette
... Cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in white-tailed deer populations have been reported in Greenwood (two), Osage (one) and Labette (one) counties... “It's a virus carried by a fly called a midge,” ...

...  some fees, like those on resident deer permits, haven’t increased in about 30 years... Resident deer permits would increase from $30 to $40.  Non-resident deer hunters could get hardest of all with the combination of a deer permit and non-resident hunting license rising from about $385 to about $510...

... Deer, dove and duck seasons will be underway. Checkpoints are intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws ...

... The number of reported accidents involving vehicles and deer in Kansas jumped 1,391 from 2013 to 2014, but the overall trend of deer-related vehicle accidents has been in decline since 2009...

Men Sentenced For 3 Years of Poaching September 27, 2015 Kansas, KSAL
... poaching activities that spanned three years, beginning in 2011 and ending in 2013.... The Kansas man received $2,188 dollars in fines and court costs ...

Photo 'indisputable proof' that mountain lions live in Kansas September 25, 2015 Kansas, Wichita Eagle
...  it would be about the 13th verified mountain lion in Kansas since 2007. Prior to that, mountain lions had not been documented in the state for more than 100 years...

Brownback intervenes in auction of illegal deer heads September 22, 2015 Kansas, Associated Press
... A 14-point whitetail deer head was removed from a state auction of illegally hunted trophy deer heads at the request of Gov. Sam Brownback's office because of a continuing dispute over its ownership..

... The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says all these items were taken from hunters, it's 5 years worth of search and seizures from all over the state of Kansas ... a person will spend $500-$700 a head to have them mounted so there is considerable amount of money being spent on this and we have about 100 heads in here ...

... Restoring sagebrush ecosystems not only benefits ranching and sage grouse, but other wildlife ... In a companion study on mule deer, scientists in Wyoming found conservation measures implemented to benefit sage grouse also doubled the protection of mule deer migratory corridors and winter range...

Your chances of hitting a deer on Kansas roads is on the rise September 14, 2015 WIBW
... Your odds in Kansas, one in 125. That’s higher than the national average of one in 169...

Rare deer trophy to be up for auction September 4, 2015 Kansas, Equities
... The 14-point buck, with antlers scoring the second-highest for typical whitetail deer in Kansas ... "I have not seen this many deer heads in one spot that are going to be sold ...

Great Plains Deer Forecast for 2015 September 3, 2015 Kansas, Game & Fish
... Last season (2014) hunters took about 97,000 deer in Kansas ... about 120,000 deer hunters ... 

More than 100 sets of confiscated antlers to be auctioned September 3, 2015 Kansas, The Wichita Eagle Kansas ·
... Many of the antlers and mounts come from some of the most notorious poaching cases in Kansas. Jones said many are from Operation Cimarron, a combined state and federal case that prosecuted about 30 poachers from Texas and Louisiana, and led to the confiscation of more than 100 sets of antlers or mounts...

Kansas ponders raising hunting, fishing permit fees for next year August 27, 2015 The Kansas City Star
... Nonresident deer hunters would be the hardest hit by the fee increases. A permit for antlered deer would increase from $300 to $400. The combination two-deer permit (for one antlered whitetail and one antlerless) would rise from $315 to $415...

KDWPT seeks fee hike for hunters, anglers August 9, 2015 Kansas, Topeka Capital Journal
... “We haven’t made any significant license fee increases since 2002 and we haven’t raised deer and turkey permit fees since 1984,” ... The resident either-sex deer permit proposed price is $40, an increase of $10. The antlerless deer permits would increase from $15 to $20...  The nonresident combination either-sex/antlerless deer permit could go from $315 to $415...


Kansas data:  In 2014 and 2015, the state reduced antlerless tags and the number of days in the hunting season to increase the population and bringing the 2015 population to around 630,000 pre-hunt, a slow increase.  About 600,000 deer estimated pre-hunt in 2014 and 2013.   The population was trending down after three years of drought and reduced habitat resulting from less land in the Conservation Reserve Program.  In 2015 an estimated mule deer population of 51,000.  The decine continued into 2016 with a rough estimate of 50,000.  To support populations, significant reductions in mule deer permits for 2015 in eastern zones, some reductions in the west.  Further reductions in 2016.
      Total 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. Drought 2010 to 2012.  Hunter success around 58% in 2014.  Increasing geographic fragmentation of deer populations and increasing predatory pressure from coyotes.  Mule deer populations are struggling, particularly in the east.  In general, the Kansas deer population is below carrying capacity.  Western Kansas has more CRP land and better habitat.  The rut peaks in Kansas around November 13.
      Prior to settlement there were large herds of mule deer and white-tails were abundant in the timbered areas of eastern Kansas.  By 1900, all big game animals had been hunted to virtual extinction in the state.  Kansas was one of the last state to restore the deer population, the only state without deer in 1947, sightings began in the 1950s. An estimated 30,000 deer in 1965, the year of the first modern deer season,  after efforts to restore the deer population; deer harvest of 1504 with almost 4,000 licenses issued.  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.  Mule deer can be found in the western two-thirds of the state.
     Elk population of about 10,000, many in eastern Kentucky.

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