(KS) Deer firearm permits easier to buy this year


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April 18, 2003, 04:46 PM
The Wichita Eagle

April 18, 2003 Friday MAIN EDITION

SECTION: D; Pg. 2

LENGTH: 328 words

HEADLINE: Deer firearm permits easier to buy this year

BYLINE: BY MICHAEL PEARCE; The Wichita Eagle

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Firearms permits for killing male whitetail deer will be available this year at regular licensed vendors and county clerks, unlike the past two years.

The last two seasons, "whitetail either-sex" permits were only available at Kansas Wildlife and Parks offices or from KDWP headquarters by mail.

The change came when the department quit offering a specific number of either-sex permits and made them available in unlimited quantities.

Before that, they were only issued by summertime drawing of mailed-in applications.

"It's a convenience thing," said Karen Beard, Wildlife and Parks chief of licensing.

"If we're going to offer unlimited, over-the-counter permits, we need to make them easier to get than making someone drive 50 miles to one of our offices."

Beard said the whitetail either-sex permits would require sportsmen to pick one of the state's 18 deer management units.

To help insure data accuracy, the agency is planning on issuing a different style of permit for big game hunters this fall.

Rather than self-adhesive, as they've been for years, the new permits will need to be wired or tied to a turkey or deer's leg.

"Because of that adhesive layer it can be hard to read the data on the underlying copies," Beard said.

"We want to make things as legible as possible."

Governor's hunt raises $17,725 _ Saturday's auction at the governor's one-shot turkey hunt in El Dorado raised $17,725 for the event's college scholarship program.

Marv McCown, hunt coordinator, said that amount is roughly the same as was raised last year.

Four-year scholarships are awarded to Kansas youth majoring in natural resource management.

Overall the fundraising auction raised about $37,000, which is down from the record amount of $42,000 set last year.

For the first time in many years, less than half of the events 80-plus hunters tagged a turkey.

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