Education, Exhibition, Collecting, and Salvage Permits

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Any person wishing to collect any wildlife, protected by law or rules and regulations of the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, for scientific, educational, or exhibition purposes must obtain a Scientific, Educational, or Exhibition Permit unless wildlife is otherwise allowed to be collected or harvested under the provisions of a valid hunting, furharvester, or fishing license or other special permit or license.

Collection activities in association with Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

Since many individuals and/or institutions collect statewide, there is a high probability that these collection activities will occur in areas of known occurrences of ANS. In an effort to prevent the inadvertent transport of these organisms to other areas, it is therefore necessary to take steps in preventing their further spread.

Individuals receiving a collection permit should take a few moments to familiarize themselves with the various types of ANS they may encounter and implement a few very simple measures in the decontamination and reporting of such incidents. The following is a link providing such information.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Information

Here are some simple steps to follow; the webpage goes into greater detail about the various species and a FAQ section that will help answer common questions.

  1. Drain all water from equipment (i.e. sampling gear, boats, livewells, bilges, bait buckets, hauling boxes, etc) before leaving the area. 
  2. Inspect boat and/or other equipment and remove any plants, animals, or mud.
  3. Wash equipment with 140 degree water (typically at a carwash), a 10 percent chlorine and water solution, or a hot saltwater solution, OR let equipment dry for 5 days before using in another waterbody.

These procedures are meant to protect those species that many permitees have taken an interest in preserving or conserving. These simple procedures offer another tool to the collector that aids in insuring the continuance of our irreplaceable native species present in our aquatic systems.

For the purpose of these permits:

  1. ANS may NOT be kept alive if collected 
  2. ANS may NOT be returned from the waters they were collected from
  3. The permitee will report the finding 

Further questions and comments should be directed to the following individuals.

Jason Goeckler, ANS Coordinator
KDWPT Emporia Research Office, Emporia, KS
(620) 342-0658

Mark Van Scoyoc, Stream Survey Coordinator, Scientific Collection permits
KDWPT Operations Office, Pratt, KS
(620) 672-5911