Early migratory bird seasons have been established by Wildlife and Parks commissioners. Here are the approved dates:
¢ Rail (Sora and Virginia) - Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 with bag and possession limits of 25 and 25, respectively.
¢ Snipe - Sept. 1 through Dec. 16 with bag and possession limits of 8 and 16, respectively.
¢ Woodcock - Oct. 13 through Nov. 26 with bag and possession limits of 3 and 6, respectively.
¢ Teal (High Plains Zone) - Sept. 15-23 or Sept. 823 or Sept. 1522 with bag and possession limits of 4 and 8, respectively. (Final dates subject to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks approved later this summer).
¢ Teal (Low Plains Zone) - Sept. 1523 or Sept. 823, bag and possession limits of 4 and 8, respectively. (Final dates subject to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks approved later this summer).
Meanwhile, dove season is now in two segments, the first beginning Sept. 1 and running for 44 days, and the second opening Nov. 1 and running for 16 days. Unless amended by commissioners, the dove season each year will be Sept. 1 through Oct. 14 and Nov. 1 through Nov. 16.
In other action, commissioners established fees for new cabin facilities at Eisenhower and Tuttle Creek state parks, as well as Mined Land and Ottawa wildlife areas. A total of 48 cabins are available at 12 of the 24 state parks, and fees are set for each cabin.
Two new yurts have been erected at Eisenhower State Park, and fees for yurt rental are $36 per night. Three new, larger cabins are coming on line at Tuttle Creek State Park this year, and fees for those cabins are $65 per night Sunday through Thursday ($85 Friday and Saturday) from Oct. 1 through March 31, and $75 per night Sunday through Thursday ($95 Friday and Saturday) from April 1 through Sept. 30.
Two wildlife areas - Mined Land and Ottawa - will acquire one cabin each later this year, and fees for them will be $60 per night or $420 per week.
Also, commissioners approved regulations allowing use of whitetail antlerless deer game tags on Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area in order to address high deer populations there. Deer game tags are otherwise restricted, as in the past, to private lands (with permission of landowners) or Walk-In Hunting Areas.
An amendment also was approved to allow issuing a limited number of antlerless-only permits in firearm deer management unit 3. These permits, which allow the take of an antlerless whitetail or mule deer, will be issued on a first-come first-serve basis to individuals who already possess an antlered deer permit.
The same regulation establishes firearms deer seasons on Fort Riley for Nov. 2325, Dec. 19 23 and Dec. 230.