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Hunting in Kansas: 4 Things to Know About Urban Deer Hunting in Cities & Suburbs

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:21 AM

Large deer populations in heavily urbanized areas can lead to property damage, personal injury, interrupted traffic flow, and painful deaths from mortal injury for the deer. In Kansas, hunting can ease the problem.

Eastern Kansas has an extremely dense urban corridor that must coexist with the local wildlife. Management techniques can prove demanding in urban areas.

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1. Special Season
Due to high saturation of white-tailed deer populations in the eastern corridor of Kansas, the state's Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism holds an extended antlerless-only hunting period during the first few weeks of each year. Hunters are permitted purchase of up to five tags for use in the management units most heavily urbanized. These tags are acquired by management unit, and the KDWPT determines the number of allocated tags available based on population management needs. Hunting in and around cities and suburbs can present some unique challenges.

2. Restricted Access
Military reservation lands within the boundaries of Fort Leavenworth, which falls within the KDWPT's management unit 10A, are only available for hunting by active and retired military personnel, the agency said. Likewise, state-owned or -managed lands within the Topeka-Kansas City corridor of unit 19 are not necessarily open for hunting during the extended hunting season. Be certain to check for up-to-date restrictions and regional exclusions.
 
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3. Permissions
The special hunting seasons were designed by the KDWPT to curb deer herd populations on private lands. Hunters must obtain permission from landowners prior to hunting on private lands, and this requires careful planning and coordination. The Region 2 office, however, does make an effort to coordinate information on urban zone hunting opportunities for interested parties.

4. Safety First, Last, and Always
Kansas DWPT regulations require orange attire for all hunters regardless of season. Special seasons are not exempted from this. Other safety considerations and restrictions such as road and structure proximity buffers may also exist.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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