Kansas anticipates longer hunting season for raccoons, badgers, foxes and more

Young hunters participated in the QUWF Jayhawk Youth Dove Hunt in September 2020 at the Clinton Wildlife Area in Lawrence.

Many Kansans think the state has too many furry predators, particularly raccoons, Matt Peek said.

Peek, a wildlife biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said he often hears people complain that the abundance of fur-bearing animals in the state has negatively affected populations of popular Kansas game birds. , such as pheasant and quail.

Peek recommended March 31 to the Kansas Parks and Wildlife Commission to add 13 days to the hunting and trapping season accordingly for raccoons, badgers, bobcats, mink, muskrats, opossums, swift foxes, red foxes, foxes, gray foxes, weasels and striped skunks.

That season, which will begin on November 15 this year, would end on February 28 instead of February 15, its current end date.

“By extending the harvest season, those who complain that there are too many furriers will have ample opportunity, 3.5 months, to harvest furriers,” Peek told The Capital-Journal on Thursday.