Kansas Sets Early Migratory Bird & Furbearer

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COMMISSION SETS EARLY MIGRATORY BIRD, FURBEARER SEASONS

Kansas DWP

6/20/02

Split dove season among changes approved at public hearing

PRATT -- The Kansas Wildlife & Parks Commission approved 2002 early migratory bird and furbearer seasons at a public meeting at the Ninnescah Sailing Association Center at Cheney State Park June 13.

The approved migratory bird seasons are nearly identical to last year's, with one notable exception. Dove season comprises two segments, the first from Sept. 1 through Oct. 27 and the second segment from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks staff recommended the split season to provide additional dove hunting opportunity for upland bird hunters participating in opening weekend of the state's pheasant and quail season, which opens Nov. 9.

The early migrant seasons set by the Commission are subject to change, depending on final season frameworks allowed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The early teal season was set for Sept. 14-29 statewide, with a bag and possession limit of 4 and 8, respectively, but could be reduced to Sept. 14-21 in the High Plains Zone (western Kansas), depending on final frameworks approved by the USFWS.

Other seasons set by the Commission include the following:

September Canada goose season -- Sept. 6 - 15; two units around the cities of Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City; bag and possession limits of 3 and 6;

Rail (Sora and Virginia) -- Sept. 1 - Nov. 9, bag and possession limits of 25 and 25;

Snipe -- Sept. 1 - Dec. 16; bag and possession limits of 8 and 16;

Woodcock -- Oct. 12 - Nov. 25; bag and possession limits of 3 and 6.

The Commission also approved 2002 furbearer seasons, including establishment of a single statewide unit by eliminating the current eastern and western unit system.
Furbearer seasons approved by the Commission include the following:

Hunting and trapping -- Nov. 13 through Feb. 15, 2003;

beaver trapping -- Nov. 13 through March 31, 2003; and running -- March 1 through Nov. 1.
 

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