PRATT, Kan. -(Ammoland.com)- If you’re a deer hunter, it’s time to round up your blaze orange hat and vest, sight in your rifle, and make plans to hunt the firearm deer season, Nov. 29-Dec. 10, 2017.
During these 12 days, hunters may pursue deer with any legal equipment, including any centerfire rifle and handgun; any gauge shotgun using slugs; muzzleloading rifle, musket, or pistol .40 caliber or larger; and archery equipment.
All deer permits are valid during the firearm season; however, unit, species, antlerless and equipment restrictions listed on the permit are in effect. In addition to their deer permits, all hunters, unless exempt by law, must also have a Kansas hunting license. Hunters with archery permits must use archery equipment and hunters with muzzleloader permits must use muzzleloaders or archery equipment.
During the firearm season, all hunters must wear hunter orange clothing consisting of an orange hat and an orange vest that shows 100 square inches from the front and 100 square inches from the back. Camouflage orange clothing is legal if the required number of square inches of orange is visible.
If you are a resident hunter and have yet to purchase a permit, you may do so at any licenses vendor and online at ksoutdoors.com. During this season, hunters must possess a permit that allows the harvest of a buck before they are eligible to purchase antlerless permits.
Permits are valid the same day of purchase. If you purchase your permit online, remember to print your permit and carcass tag when your transaction is complete.
Hunters should remember that all deer must be tagged before moving the carcass from the field. Any deer taken with a whitetail antlerless permit must be transported with the head attached to the carcass. However, if a hunter desires to bone the deer out in the field, the deer can be registered electronically through the internet using photos taken at the harvest sight.
Electronic registration is only required if you want to bone out the carcass and transport it without evidence of antlerless status attached. To electronically register your deer, visit programs.ksoutdoors.com and click “Electronic Deer Check-in.”
For more information on current regulations, consult the 2017 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, or visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting/Big Game Information/Deer.”
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. The commission conducts business during regular public sessions.
KDWPT employs approximately 460 full-time employees in five divisions: Executive Services , Administrative Services , Fisheries and Wildlife , Law Enforcement , Parks and Tourism.
- 1905 – Fish and game laws were organized under the Kansas Fish and Game Department and implementation of a state law requiring a license to hunt.
- 1911 – The State Fish and Game Department was placed under the supervision of the University of Kansas Board of Regents
- 1925 – The Fish and Game Department was reorganized as the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission with three board members appointed by the Governor.
- 1927 – Commission was reorganized and was given approval to organize a warden service. Fishing licenses required of men 18-70.
- 1939 – Commission's three-member board was abolished by the legislature and replaced by a six-member bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor
- 1943 – Legislature gives the commission full authority to set seasons and dates
- 1955 – The legislature and Gov. Fred Hall create the State Park and Resources Authority.
- 1960 – First Kansas boating laws enacted
- 1987 – Gov. Mike Hayden signs executive order merging the State Park and Resources Authority and Fish and Game Commission to create the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- 2011 – Gov. Sam Brownback signs executive order moving the Division of Tourism from the Department of Commerce to the newly renamed Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism