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Hunting in Kansas: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Sunday, 24 May 2015 10:03 AM

With the end of winter comes the end of big game hunting as well as the cessation of furbearer harvest. This creates a reduction in the concentration of hunters populating the prime hunting grounds. Opportunities for sport hunting in Kansas still exist, however, and can offer abundant rewards.

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1. Turkey

The spring hunting season for turkey runs from the beginning of April through the end of May. The first two weeks of April are reserved for youth and disabled hunters while the first week is dedicated exclusively to hunters in these categories and the second week also permits archery. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) also permits hunters the opportunity to purchase of a second, "special" spring turkey tag which gives hunters a two-bird bag potential during the spring season.

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2. Light Geese

KDWPT maintains a special conservation order that permits unlimited bag and possession from the middle of February through the end of April statewide. Also known as snow geese, these migratory birds were once listed as endangered in the early decades of the 20th century. Since that time, their population has rebounded and begun exploding. They are now among the most proliferate waterfowl in North America. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, portions of eastern Kansas fall within the winter nonbreeding range and migratory routes. Unlimited bags assist in arctic tundra conservation efforts to reduce the volume of nesting light geese when they migrate to their summer breeding ground.

3. Rabbit

The hunting season on rabbits actually extends year round, throughout the state of Kansas. Daily bag and possession limits apply. These prey animals reproduce at a greater rate than their predators, such as raptors, foxes, and coyotes, can keep up with. Reducing the probability for property or crop damage is a large concern, as is maintaining species health through population control management. Hunting rabbits in the spring, however, ensures that predators have had sufficient food sources to sustain them through the winter. In addition, it guarantees the sport hunter a hardier animal and a better quality pelt. Weak and sickly specimens will not survive the winter months, either falling victim to inclement weather or getting picked off by predators who aim most often for easier targets.

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

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