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Kansas meetings seek public input on new deer regulations

From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- Deer hunters, farmers with crops in the field, motorists or people who enjoy watching nature, are asked to share their opinions on deer management with agency staff at five public meetings across the state beginning Aug. 23 and ending Sept. 8.

Meetings will be held:

Aug. 23 --  7 to 9:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Trail Room, 119 N. Hersey Ave., Beloit
Aug. 24 -- 7 to 9:30 p.m., Dillon Nature Center, 3002 East 30th Ave., Hutchinson
Aug. 30 -- 7 to 9:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Alliance Room, 101 South Lincoln, Chanute
Sept. 6 -- 7  to 9:30 p.m., William Carpenter 4-H Building, 608 N. Fairground Road, Scott City
Sept. 8 -- 7 to 9:30 p.m., Dole Institute of Politics, Simon Media Room, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence

The public meetings include short presentations on the status of the deer herd and hunters in Kansas, but the central part of each meeting will be an open forum for people to express their opinions.

This year the annual deer review has been expanded to review deer hunting regulations, and public comment is sought on potential changes in the deer hunting seasons suggested by hunters, parents, legislators and others.

Season dates and timing often have complicated effects on the number of deer hunters take and participation levels among hunter groups.

If time permits, following the public comment segment, presentations on controlling deer damage to crops and items landowners should consider before leasing their lands for deer hunting will be available.

For more information about the Deer Information Nights contact Lloyd Fox, Big Game Program Coordinator at (620) 342-0658.

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