Wednesday, August 22, 2012


crossbow (Photo credit: Lady T 220)

Number required for crossbow hunters who have deer permits valid during archery season in units 1, 12, 15, and 19
PRATT — On May 25, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that included provisions for a crossbow pilot project in as many as four deer management units during an archery big game season by anyone issued a big game permit valid during the archery season. The two-year pilot project will sunset on Jan. 31, 2014, at which time the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Secretary must report to the Kansas Legislature about the project.

For this pilot project, any person with a deer permit valid during the archery season for deer management units 1, 12, 15, and 19 may use a crossbow during the archery season, regardless of age or disability. Each person age 16 through 54 shall obtain a free crossbow hunter survey number from KDWPT before hunting with a crossbow during archery season.

Hunters may obtain a crossbow survey ID number by going online at the KDWPT website,, and clicking on the Crossbow Survey ID display ad, or by typing the following URL into their web browsers: . Here, they must enter their KDWPT number, first name, last name, and email address (if available). An email address is not required, but if one is given, a confirmation email will be sent to them. Those who do not have access to the Internet may obtain a crossbow survey ID number at any KDWPT office. Those who sign up at a KDWPT office will also receive a printed receipt.

There can only be one survey ID per KDWPT number. For more information, phone 620-672-5911 and ask for the IT Help Desk.

Also new this year, hunters who have a youth big game permit valid during the archery season and those 55 and older who have a big game permit valid during the archery season may hunt with a crossbow. Those hunters do not need a crossbow survey ID number.

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