Big game seasons set for Kansas hunters

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Big decisions were made on big game at the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission public hearing in Topeka on March 20, including setting the seasons for elk and deer. The 2014-2015 elk and deer basic season structures will remain unchanged from the 2013-2014 season; however deer hunters see changes in how they can use white-tailed antlerless permits next season.

Commissioners approved Free Park Entrance Days and Free Fishing Days for the 2014 season, starting with a Free Park Entrance Day March 29, when all state parks will host open houses. The second free entrance day may be different at each state park, depending on events planned throughout the year. Check the state parks events calendar at www.ksoutdoors or contact state parks directly for more information. Free Fishing Days are observed in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, which is June 1-8 this year. Kansas Free Fishing Days are June 7-8, 2014. On these days, anyone can fish any Kansas waters without a fishing license.

During the public hearing portion of the meeting, commissioners approved recommendations for the 2014-2015 Elk Seasons:

  • ARCHERY: Statewide (except Ft. Riley, Subunit 2a, and Unit 1) – Sept. 15-Dec. 31, 2015; Ft. Riley, Subunit 2a – Sept. 1-30, 2014.
  • FIREARM: Statewide (except Ft. Riley, Subunit 2a, and Unit 1) – Dec. 3-12, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015-March 15, 2015; Ft. Riley and Subunit 2a – 1 

    segment: Oct. 1-31, 2014; 2 

    segment: Nov.1-30, 2014; and 3 

    segment Dec. 1-31, 2014.

  • MUZZLELOADER: Statewide (except Ft. Riley, Subunit 2a, and Unit 1) – Sept. 1-30, 2014; Ft. Riley, Subunit 2a – Sept. 1-30, 2014.

In the final action of the meeting, the commission approved 2014-2015 archery, muzzleloader, and firearm deer season dates:

  • YOUTH/PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – Sept. 6-14, 2014;
  • ARCHERY – Sept. 15-Dec. 31, 2014;
  • MUZZELOADER – Sept. 15-28, 2014;
  • PRE-RUT WHITE-TAILED ANTLERLESS ONLY – Oct. 11-12, 2014;
  • FIREARM – Dec. 3-14, 2014;
  • EXTENDED WHITE-TAILED ANTLERLESS ONLY – Jan. 1-4, 2015 Units 6, 9, 10 and 17;
  • EXTENDED WHITE-TAILED ANTLERLESS ONLY – Jan. 1-11, 2015 Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16;
  • EXTENDED WHITE-TAILED ANTLERLESS ONLY – Jan. 1-18, 2015 Units 10A, 15 and 19;
  • URBAN WHITE-TAILED ANTLERLESS ONLY ARCHERY (Unit 19) – Jan. 19-31, 2015.
  • No White-tailed Antlerless permits will be valid in Unit 18.

For more information on the 2014-2015 deer season, visit this link at ksoutdoors.com.

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