Hunters in Kansas are gearing up for what should be a stellar turkey season. The bands of brutal thunderstorms that sweep across Kansas plains in the spring will hardly stop the most die-hard turkey hunters in pursuit of long beards and sharp spurs.
Important tips to remember while in the field gunning for turkeys this spring:
- Hunting on land posted as "Hunting by written permission only" or designated with purple paint without physical, written permission from the owner of the property in your possession at all times is Trespassing. It truly does not matter how long you have known the owner, how many beers your grandpas had together, or even if you've been hunting there for years without a problem. For turkeys in Kansas, trespassing while turkey hunting under this rule is a misdemeanor and punishable by at least a $500 fine.
- Using any kind of spotlight while you, or another member of your party, is even in possession of a firearm is illegal. There are exceptions for agricultural or livestock purposes, but try not to be holding your turkey calls and wearing full camouflage while checking cows.
- Before transporting your downed bird, make sure to attach the tag to the turkey's leg as described in the regulations. Failure to tag the bird before you move it can result in receiving a ticket. Forget your pen? Forget a zip tie?
As always, if you receive a ticket for unlawful hunting in Kansas, reach out to The Law Office of Nathaniel Gilbert for an absolutely free consultation to discuss your rights and any available options that you may have. Just paying the fine and pleading guilty may come back to haunt you later down the road. A Kansas hunting violation can have consequences that may affect next year's hunting seasons or your summer fishing plans.