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JANUARY DEER SEASONS PUT MEAT IN THE FREEZER

Winter Doe

Three whitetail antlerless deer seasons usher in the New Year

PRATT — The regular Kansas firearm deer season is over and archery deer season closes Dec. 31, but deer hunters can still look forward to hunting one or more of three January whitetail antlerless-only seasons. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct an extended firearm whitetail antlerless season Jan. 1-9 (open statewide); a special extended firearm whitetail antlerless season Jan. 10-Jan. 16 (open in Units 7, 8, and 15 only); and an archery extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 10-31 (in Unit 19 only).

Many hunters who did not fill a deer permit during one of the regular 2010 seasons (muzzleloader, early firearm, archery, regular firearm) may use that permit during these seasons. However, all permits revert to Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer permits, and unit restrictions listed on the permit apply.

For those who have not purchased a permit but would like to hunt the January season, Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer permits for the Jan. 1-9 season may be purchased through Jan. 8. For the Jan. 10-16 season, permits may be purchased through Jan. 15, and for the extended archery season, permits may be purchased through Jan. 30. After Dec. 30, hunters may purchase whitetail antlerless permits without first purchasing an antlered deer permit.

These rules are clarified in the 2010 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, available wherever licenses are sold or online at www.kdwp.state.ks.us.

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