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Wildlife checkpoint planned in central part of state

Published on -9/25/2013, 10:54 AM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, KHP and local law enforcement will conduct a joint checkpoint in central Kansas in early October. The fall turkey season starts Tuesday, and the regular big duck season starts Oct. 6. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state's driver's licensing laws.

Local law enforcement officers will operate the first stage of the checkpoint to be sure drivers properly are licensed to be driving. If a driver does not have a valid license, appropriate enforcement actions will be taken. Travelers should not expect significant delays from this portion of the checkpoint.

Occupants of vehicles in the first check lane will be asked if they are hunters or are transporting wildlife. If yes in either case, drivers will be directed to a nearby KDWPT check lane where natural resource officers will check for required licenses and permits, count the game and gather biological, harvest and hunter success information. This portion of the checkpoint also should cause minimal delay.

Additional wildlife checkpoints will occur around the state during the fall and winter hunting seasons.

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