Kansas Deer Management Working Group To Convene

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DEER MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP TO CONVENE

Public input on deer sought

7/25/02

KS DWP

TOPEKA -- On Thursday, Aug. 1, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Mike Hayden will welcome the Kansas Deer Working Group to its first meeting at the Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Ave.,in Topeka. The group includes individuals representing organizations and agencies such as the Kansas Guides and Outfitters Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Bowhunters Association, the Kansas Wildlife Federation, the Kansas Legislature, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Wildlife Society, Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission, Kansas Muzzleloader Association, Kansas Sporthunting Association, Kansas Rifle Association, Travel and Tourism, Meat Processors, K-State Extension, Fort Riley, and KDWP.

The working group will meet several times this summer and fall to develop recommendations concerning deer hunting and deer management, discussing topics such as transferrable landowner/nonresident deer permits, nonresident and resident deer permit allocation, permit pricing, deer management objectives, and other issues. The department is also seeking input from the public and will host public meetings around the state. The first public meeting will follow the working group meeting on August 1, convening at 7 p.m., also at the Kansas State Historical Society.

Four more public meetings will be conducted on the following dates and locations: Friday, August 2, Independence High School Cafeteria, 1301 N. 10th St., Independence; Saturday, August 3, Bicentennial Center, Room 203 ABC, 800 Midway, Salina; Sunday, August 4, Plaza Inn, N. Central Ballroom, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., Garden City; and Monday, August 5, Colby Community College, Student Union Room 110, Colby. All public meetings begin at 7 p.m.

For those not able to attend one of the public meetings, written and email comments will be accepted through August 9. Submit written comments to KDWP, Deer Issues, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124. KDWP's website (www.kdwp.state.ks.us) includes a banner on the home page that makes it convenient to email your comments. All written and email comments will be provided to the working group representatives.

Deer and deer hunting are important to the quality of life of many Kansans, and managing this wildlife resource is a challenging responsibility. Public comment and the recommendations of the Deer Management Working Group will help shape the future of deer management in Kansas.
 


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