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Kansas Deer Hunts Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Like a one legged man at a butt kicking contest”? In a nutshell that would be a proper representation of Kansas deer hunting, if the one legged man had won the contest. For years the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks made it almost impossible for non residents to purchase deer tags. Kansas deer hunts were something that could only be attended by either purchasing a $1500 tag from a willing landowner or waiting years to get a tag through the most stringent whitetail deer lottery tagging system in the Nation. Despite this inability to obtain deer tags for Kansas deer hunts, the State still ranked #5 in the Pope and Young Record Books for the number of entries in the record books. Think back to the one legged man at the butt kicking contest. Kansas has been accomplishing the feat as being one of the premier whitetail deer states without giving out tags to non resident deer hunters. In a word, “incredible”. Big bucks truly are everywhere, and they've been around for at least 20 years. In 2008 Kansas deer hunting opened their doors to allowing non residents to obtain tags through a very lenient deer tag process. Now the non resident hunter or out of state hunters, as a result of Kansas deer hunting recent conversion to a easy tag obtainment program are almost guaranteed to get a tag for hunting whitetail deer in Kansas. In fact in Unit 11, which is the best Unit in the State, there were 744 tags left over in 2009. In other words Kansas deer hunting has opened up to non residents. Over the next few years Kansas deer hunting will and has coughed up some of the largest deer ever known to the whitetail industry. Kansas Deer Tag Process Currently in order to obtain a Kansas deer hunting tag in accordance to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission the tagging process is as follows: By drawing only: 2010 Nonresident DEER Application Deadline: April 30, 2010 There will be no paper applications or mail in forms for 2010. All applications will need to be submitted thru the online application process. Applicants must apply online from April 1 thru April 30, 2010. All fees listed below will have an internet convenience fee added at time of applying online for a permit or preference point. Nonresident White-tailed Deer permit (white-tailed deer buck, doe or fawn) – $322.50. Hunter applies in one unit and selects one adjacent unit in which to also hunt, as well as the season choice (archery, muzzleloader, or firearm) at the time of application. Group Hunt: The group hunt application is to accommodate those who do not want to hunt unless their hunting partners draw also. Applicants (up to 5) must apply for the same unit and the same weapon choice. You must have group leader's KDWP Customer ID Number to join the group. Muzzleloader permit holders may hunt during early muzzleloader season and regular firearm season using muzzleloader equipment only. If unsuccessful in the draw, hunter receives a $301 refund and a preference point for next year’s draw. Preference Point -- $22.50. A nonresident hunter who doesn’t want to hunt in the current season can purchase a preference point that will count toward a white-tailed deer permit in a future drawing. Kansas Deer Hunting Quotas and Stats from 2009 Unit 11 is by far the greatest location to hunt trophy deer in Kansas according to both the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young Clubs. If you are still not convinced tag obtainment is easy then let us visit the facts before wading into other issues surrounding Kansas deer hunts. IMB Outfitters has just signed up over 11,000 acres in Unit 11 of Kansas for Kansas deer hunts in 2010 and future years. Prior to doing so we wanted to assure our clients and ourselves that our hunters could obtain Kansas deer tags with ease. In an effort to verify this one only needs to visit the stats provided from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. In 2009 here is what the Kansas deer hunting tagging results showed pertaining to nonresidents: Kansas Deer Hunting 2009 Nonresident Deer Draw Statistics Management Unit 11 Permit Type Whitetail Either Sex *Permits 3192 Authorized 2450 Total # of Applicants (1st) Choice 2450 Preference Points (PP) 21 Number of Permits issued by PP 2450 Total Number of Permits Drawn Firearms 791 Archery 1439 Muzzl 220 Number of Leftover Permits 744 In fact in 2009 to attend a Kansas deer hunt the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks published a article to the public announcing Kansas deer tags were left over even after the Kansas deer hunting season tag application period was over as seen below: Leftover Deer Tags Still Available in Kansas August 28, 2009. From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks: Nonresident hunters who missed the application period for Kansas deer permits still have options, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). As of Aug. 25, leftover Nonresident Whitetail Either Sex Deer permits were still available in nine units: 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Leftover permits are those that were not taken in the May nonresident application period. They are Whitetail Either-Sex permits (hunter designates equipment/season choice, as well as one adjacent unit, at time of purchase) and will be sold to any nonresident who did not successfully draw a 2009 permit. Leftover permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at license vendors, online at the KDWP website, or by phoning 620-672-5911 and asking for Licensing. Hunters who purchase a leftover permit will lose any preference points they may have accumulated for next year's drawing. Applicants who were successful in the nonresident drawing may not purchase a leftover permit. No hunter may purchase more than one permit that allows the take of an antlered deer. An antlered deer permit is required before purchasing a Whitetail Antlerless-Only Deer permit. Kansas Deer Hunts FAQ WILL NONRESIDENT KANSAS DEER HUNTERS HAVE TO DESIGNATE HUNTING UNITS IN 2010? - Yes. All nonresident Kansas deer hunters must select a deer management unit, and they may select one adjacent unit. They must select the equipment type (archery, muzzleloader, or firearm) and season choice at the time of application. A nonresident Kansas deer hunting archery permit is valid only during archery season; a nonresident firearm permit is valid only during regular firearm season; and a nonresident Kansas deer hunting muzzleloader permit is valid during early Kansas deer hunting muzzleloader season and regular firearm season using muzzleloader equipment only. HOW MANY KANSAS DEER HUNTING PERMITS CAN A NONRESIDENT RECEIVE? - Up to seven, as listed below: • One nonresident Kansas deer hunting antlered deer permit • As many as five Nonresident Antlerless White-tailed Deer Permits • One Nonresident Antlerless Either Kansas deer hunting -species Deer permit for Unit 3 only. KANSAS DEER HUNTING ARCHERY SEASON RUNS CONCURRENTLY WITH MUZZLELOADER AND FIREARM SEASONS IN 2010. MUST ARCHERS WEAR BLAZE ORANGE? - • Yes, Kansas deer hunting archery hunters who hunt during periods that coincide with early muzzleloader and firearm seasons must wear blaze orange. The law requires that all Kansas deer hunters afield during Kansas deer hunting open firearm seasons must wear a blaze orange hat and at least 200 square inches of blaze orange. Archers that are Kansas deer hunting are not required to wear blaze orange when muzzleloader or firearm seasons are closed. CAN I HUNT WITH A CROSSBOW DURING THE 2010 KANSAS DEER HUNTING SEASON? - • Yes, but only with a Kansas deer hunting firearm permit or in other situations where legal equipment for firearm season applies (such as during the extended white-tailed antlerless-only season.) Crossbows are NOT legal equipment for use during archery or muzzleloader seasons. Legal crossbows must have draw weights of at least 125 pounds, with bolts at least 16 inches long, equipped with broadhead points that cannot pass through a ring 13/16” diameter. Exception: Disabled persons in possession of an Kansas deer hunting archery permit may use crossbows or locking draws while hunting deer, as permitted under KAR 115-18-7, by application and special permit only. CAN I USE AN OPTICAL SCOPE ON MY KANSAS DEER HUNTING MUZZLELOADER DURING THE EARLY MUZZLELOADER SEASON IN 2010 • Yes. Optical scopes, open sights, peep sights, and fiber optic sights that do not project visible light or electronically amplify visible or infrared light are legal for all muzzleloader hunting deer in Kansas. MAY I CARRY AN ARCHERY OR MUZZLELOADER PERMIT WHEN I HUNT WITH A FIREARM USING MY ANTLERLESS WHITE-TAILED DEER PERMIT DURING THE FIREARM SEASON? - • No. You are restricted to the equipment of the most limited permit in your possession. If you wish to hunt with a firearm for antlerless white-tailed deer in Kansas, you must remove from your possession any restricted permit, such as an archery permit or muzzleloader permit, before you go afield. You are also restricted on the equipment you may have in your possession. For example, field points are not legal equipment to use while archery deer hunting. You carry only broadhead arrows while bowhunting. Kansas deer hunts alleges being the best hunting spot for a non-typical whitetail deer. The state of Kansas has a certificate of Trophy for hunters that achieve a minimum score with the deer. Over 17 inches of horns or antlers from a white tail buck will win a hunter the Certificate of Trophy in Kansas. Most of the land that a hunter can hunt, is privately owned, with most lands having guides to help hunters find land to hunt on Kansas deer hunts. (If they do not own their own land.) Land made up of creek and river bottoms, CPR fields, cedar and hardwood draws. Milo, corn, wheat alfalfa, soybean is the majority of crop fields. The richest soil in the state is in the Northern Central. Acorns as a large crop provide great nutrients for the Kansas trophy whitetail deer, however the best deer hunting in Kansas is not located in this area. The Eastern part of Kansas or Unit 11, is where a hunter can find large white tail deer as the western mule deer is more populated out West. For hunters, the land is mainly flat, has less timber as the deer have less places to hide. Most of the deer will travel in herds due to the antiquated land and trees that deer normally hide among. Kansas deer hunts are nothing short of incredible. Bow hunting whitetail deer in Kansas starts in September and runs just before rifle season starts. Kansas deer hunting rifle season splits in two different seasons, one end of November, and the other first part of December. Hunter education is required if a person was born after July 1, 1957. All hunters are required to carry the card on them at all times while hunting. A permit must also be on a hunter when hunting for deer. To obtain a permit, the state of Kansas has drawings each year to distribute a specific amount of permits per year. The license all will allow a hunter to hunt small game and game birds. The license is only good for the calendar year not a season. Kansas deer hunting, similar to hunting elsewhere, requires attention to safety and other hunting techniques. Most states now require a person going hunting under a certain age to attend a hunter education course. The course will help new hunter to learn safety. In addition, how to find their way around in areas with help tips on hunting. Every time I think about Kansas deer hunts, plenty of big deer come to mind. All those mental images beg the question: Why has Kansas deer hunting become so great all of a sudden? That's what this story is all about. Instead, I believe that the Sunflower State's reputation as an amazing producer of mature bucks simply is showing up on the deer world's radar screen more prominently than in years past. One of the main reasons for this, obviously, is the regulation change that took place in 1994. That much-anticipated change allowed non-resident deer hunting in Kansas for the first time in the modern era. The 1980s and 1990s were decades when Kansas residents were offered regular opportunities to harvest fully mature, record-class bucks -- everywhere. And that part of the equation has not changed. For non-residents, Kansas Deer Management Unit 11 is the best in the State. The fact remains that Kansas has one of the most balanced deer herds on the continent. Iowa game managers will tell you that Iowa is home to about 250,000 whitetails. And that's the only state recognized as one of the nation's "big-buck destinations" with a lower population than Kansas. Kansas' highest deer densities occur in the eastern third of the state or Unit 11, and those densities are increasing. The bottom line is that the habitat, nutrition and herd dynamics in place throughout the eastern half of Kansas offers great opportunities at fully mature bucks with heavy racks for a great Kansas deer hunt. One element of Kansas' deer hunting resource that is under-reported is the tremendous diversity of terrain you'll find in the state. From the Missouri River bluffs in the far northeast, which rival any Northern U.S. hardwood forest habitat you'll ever hunt, to the "badlands" in western Kansas, to the native tall grass prairies of the Flint Hills region, the Sunflower State offers about any kind of hunting landscape you can think of. And just about all of those landscapes are home to big bucks, however in Unit 11 of Kansas the big oak timber and mix of agricultural crops leaves the rest of the State’s terrain in a state of envy. This is where to hunt trophy whitetail bucks in Kansas on a Kansas deer hunt. Thus it is plain to see that Kansas is currently holding some of the best deer hunting in the Nation if you wish to harvest a monster whitetail bucks and tags are plentiful. Head for Unit 11 in Kansas with IMB Outfitters to hunt over 10,000 acres of virgin deer hunt ground and reap the rewards of Kansas deer hunts.

Darrin Bradley

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