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Kansas board approves turkey, antelope, elk seasons

From Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- Kansas Commissioners have approved changes to the management units for fall turkey hunting season, adding two units for a total of six, which allows biologists to adapt hunting regulations and bag limits to better manage the state’s turkey populations.

In other action, the commission approved recommendations for the season dates and permit allocations for the 2012 antelope seasons. Archery season for antelope is Sept. 22-30, and Oct. 15-31. Archery permits are sold over-the-counter to residents and nonresidents, and all antelope management units are open to archery hunting.

The muzzleloader-only antelope season is set for Oct. 1-8, and is open to residents only. Twenty-six muzzleloader-only permits are authorized for Unit 2; 12 permits are authorized for Unit 17; and eight permits are authorized for Unit 18.

The 2012 firearm antelope season is Oct. 5-8, open to residents only. One hundred firearm antelope permits are authorized for Unit 2; 40 are authorized for Unit 17; and 10 are authorized for Unit 18.

The application period for resident antelope muzzleloader and firearm permits is May 8-June 8. All applications must be submitted online.

Commissioners also approved recommendations for the 2012-2013 elk hunting season: Archery season: Unit 3 (statewide except Fort Riley and Morton County) — Sept. 17-Dec. 31; Unit 2a (Fort Riley) — Sept. 1-30. Firearm Season: Unit 3 — Nov. 28-Dec. 9, and Jan. 1-March 15, 2013; Unit 2a, either-sex holders — Oct. 1-Dec. 31; antlerless-only permit holders – Oct. 1-31, Nov. 1-30 and Dec. 1-31 (one-third of the permits valid in each season segment). Muzzleloader season: Unit 2 and Unit 3 – Sept. 1-30.

Ten either-sex elk permits and 15 antlerless-only elk permits are authorized for Unit 2.

Only residents are eligible for elk permits, and applications for limited-quota permits must be submitted online by July 13.  An unlimited number of antlerless-only and either-sex hunt-own-land permits are authorized for Units 2 and 3. An unlimited number of the antlerless-only and either-sex elk permits are authorized for Unit 3.

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