Online auction of big game permit will raise money for conservation
CONCORDIA – The Cloud County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, one of seven lucky applicants to draw a 2014 Kansas Commissioner’s Big Game Permit, will hold an online auction for their statewide, any deer, any-season permit. The auction will begin March 2 at 8 a.m. and end at www.proxibid.com, or contact Steve Williams, at(785) 243-5772 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.. The any-season, either-species permit may be used by residents and nonresidents and is valid during the muzzleloader, archery and firearm seasons, with equipment valid for that season. Those interested in bidding may register online at
Each January, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) offers seven select big game permits to Kansas non-profit conservation organizations. The winning applicants receive the permit in the form of a voucher. Typically these vouchers are sold to the highest bidder, who can then exchange the voucher for their designated big game permit through the KDWPT licensing section. Once a voucher is sold, the price of the permit and 85 percent of the total is returned to KDWPT. The conservation group keeps 15 percent to spend at its discretion. After a conservation project is approved, the 85 percent is returned to the group to fund the project.
Past projects include Pass It On activities, hunter education courses, habitat development and restoration, as well as archery and shooting clinics for youth and adults.
For more information on the Commission Big Game Permit program, or instructions on how to apply for 2015, contact commission secretary Sheila Kemmis at (620) 672-0702.