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Hunting in Kansas: 3 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

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Hunting is by far the most humane and efficient means of species population management and control. Within the agricultural industry, there exist any numbers of species whose proliferation can interfere with and adversely affect both the quality and volume of productivity from either livestock or crops. This is especially true during hunting season, when members of targeted game will go to ground on private lands they deem safe. Landowners must weigh the costs and benefits of inviting hunters onto private lands during or outside open seasons for the purpose of controlling and managing the presence of game.

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1. Walk-in Hunting Access

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) instituted a special program for landowners in 1995 called walk-in hunting access (WIHA). It compensates them for providing open access to their property. Payments vary based on acreage allotted and the length of contract to which the landowner agrees. Standard contracts are available beginning either September 1 or November 1, running through the end of the year. Special contracts are also available for spring turkey season, April 1 through the end of May. State law waives potential liability for landowners who lease tracts of land to the state for recreational purposes, negating responsibility in the event of damages or injury that result from ordinary negligence. This is an added bonus, since the landowner may experience increased insurance premiums related to active hunting should they choose to limit it to a case-by-case selection. They also run the risk of substantive lawsuits should an accident or other injury occur, regardless of fault.

2. Purple Marks

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Should a landowner opt out of the WIHA option, they can employ the use of purple paint to indicate a requirement of written permission from the landowner, indicating verbal agreement is insufficient. The KDWPT provides downloadable permission cards that landowners can fill out for hunters. This provides game wardens with a means of assisting in deterring trespassing on the landowner's behalf, and also creates a trail of physical evidence in the event of issues or disputes.

3. Who and What is Where

For the safety of livestock as well as hunting parties and their companions, be they human or canine, it's in the landowner's best interests to keep a well-marked map or otherwise detailed documentation. This is doubly important in the event that a landowner elects to permit trapping on their premises, as the trap lines can pose a significant risk to livestock and other hunting parties.

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

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