Free hunt permits help managers optimize opportunities
Pratt, KS -(Ammoland.com)- Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, hunters using select Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) managed wildlife areas will be able to get their free daily hunt permits electronically.
Kansas hunters are accustomed to obtaining free daily hunting permits at some public wildlife areas around the state. The cards, which were available at parking lot kiosks, provided area managers with valuable information about hunting pressure, harvests and hunter preference.
The information helps managers maximize hunting opportunities on our limited public lands. However, filling out the top portion of the card in the dark before an early-morning hunt and remembering to fill out and return the bottom portion after the hunt wasn’t always convenient for hunters.
The new electronic daily hunt permit system, hosted by iSportsman, will be in use at the following wildlife areas beginning Sept. 1: Jamestown, Lovewell, Clinton, Elwood, Kansas River, Milford, Cheyenne Bottoms, Texas Lake, Isabel, McPherson Wetlands, Slate Creek Wetlands, Neosho, Melvern and Lyon. A similar system is already in use at Fort Riley.
The Kansas iSportsman system is open now, and hunters planning to hunt any of these areas can register for an account at any time by logging in online. Upon completing the registration, hunters will obtain their General Access Permit. Once a hunter has registered and obtained a General Access Permit, he or she can log on or call in before they plan to hunt to “check in.” After they’ve finished hunting, the hunter logs on or calls in to report harvest and “check out.” Hunters can check in and out from any computer, smart phone, cell phone or landline.
This new system will be more convenient for hunters and provide harvest information in a much more efficient manner. Information gathered will continue to be used by managers to provide high-quality opportunities for hunters and manage public lands responsibly.
About the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)
Fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation are important to the quality of life for all Kansans and to the Kansas economy. As a public steward of the Kansas natural resources, the mission of the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is to: Conserve and enhance Kansas natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats–to assure future generations the benefits of the state’s diverse, living resources; Provide the public with opportunities for the use and appreciation of the natural resources of Kansas, consistent with the conservation of those resources; Inform the public of the status of the natural resources of Kansas to promote understanding and gain assistance in achieving this mission.