The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that applications for resident 2004 any-deer permits are now available online and will be available over the counter this week.
For hunters who wish to take a mule deer, an application for an any-deer permit must be submitted to the agency by July 16. All other resident deer permits and game tags, including whitetail either-sex permits, may be purchased through KDWP offices and license vendors beginning Aug. 1 through Dec. 31.
Applications have been mailed to all resident deer hunters who applied for firearms permits last year. Although hunters can obtain whitetail either-sex permits throughout the season over the counter, hunters are encouraged to obtain these permits early through the mail or at vendors to avoid last-minute waiting lines.
Whitetail anterless-only deer game tags and statewide archery permits also may be purchased throughout the season at KDWP offices, county clerks, and some license vendors.
Again this year, each hunter is limited to a maximum of one antlered deer permit. However, each hunter may purchase as many as seven whitetail antlerless permits in addition to that single antlered permit. The KDWP deer permit system is designed to maintain healthy numbers of mature bucks in the deer population while allowing a liberal antlerless-deer harvest to stabilize the state's deer population.
Applications and detailed information on deer seasons and permitting options are available in the booklet mailed to all of last year's firearms deer permit applicants. Any hunter who does not receive an application booklet through the mail may obtain one by contacting the department's Pratt Operations Office, (620)672-5911. The deer season information and application booklet can also be downloaded from the KDWP Web site (www.kdwp.state.ks.us).