Wild turkeys

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Caution should be used when hunting turkeys as most common cause of a seasonal accidents is when a hunter is mistaken for wild game.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has issued a news release about several programs:

WIHA Program

One of the top priorities of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism is to provide access to hunting opportunities in urban areas, and in a state that is 98% privately owned that task becomes even more important and difficult. Throughout the years KDWPT has struggled to provide adequate, quality hunting access around the urban areas of Kansas City and Wichita.

WIHA is a new program that has been developed to address this issue. WIHA is a way to give additional incentives to landowners who provide limited hunting access where it is needed the most and is available in 22 urban counties near the KC-Lawrence-Topeka and Wichita areas.

This program takes a limited-use concept and ties it to the Sportsman application that is being used on several public wildlife areas across the state as well as at military installations across the nation to help manage public-use areas.

Landowners who enroll property into the program will decide how many hunters have access to the property when they have access to the property and with what equipment they are allowed to hunt. Participating landowners will receive a payment, which varies depending on the number of acres offered (no minimum), quality of habitat and length of the access period.

KDWPT is optimistic that WIHA will greatly assist an effort to provide the public with opportunities for the use and appreciation of the natural resources of Kansas. If you are a landowner interested in learning more about the incentives of enrolling property into WIHA, call Tim Urban at 913-422-1314 ext. 105. Call soon as funds for the program are limited.

Special Hunts program

The Special Hunts program leases private land for public hunting, however, the access will be limited. Landowners working with wildlife biologists will determine how many days and what type of hunting they will allow on their property. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism will advertise the hunting opportunities and take applications for each hunt. Random drawings will determine which hunters will be allowed to hunt properties on specific dates.

In addition to the financial incentive, other components of the program are attractive to landowners. State law provides that private individuals who lease their land to the state for recreational purposes are immune from damages or injuries resulting from ordinary negligence.

For more information or if you are interested in enrolling your property, contact Tim Urban at 913-422-1314 ext. 105. Call soon as enrollment is limited. Deadlines are set to allow posting of properties and time to list hunts on the KDWPT website for drawing before hunting seasons.

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