Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bow hunting ordinance takes effect

June 17, 2010

With deer hunting season approaching, Basehor and area residents may begin taking advantage of the city’s new bow hunting ordinance.

The ordinance, which was passed at the Feb. 25 Basehor City Council meeting, allows bow hunting in certain areas of the city with written consent from the owner of the land where hunting will take place.

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley, who was involved in drafting the ordinance for the city, said it was an effective way to control the deer population in Basehor.

“The whole purpose behind the ordinance is to thin out and reduce the deer population,” he said. “It’s a well-known fact we have a high population of deer in Basehor. We have had several car accidents on (U.S. Highway) 24-40 and Parallel because of deer. This ordinance will allow for the population control without the use of firearms inside the city, which is a safety concern.”

Basehor’s ordinance was drafted similarly to the bow-hunting ordinance in Leavenworth and requires the following from the hunter:

• A valid driver’s license

• A Kansas state hunting license

• A Kansas deer permit

• Completed hunting permit form including the property owner’s signature

• Completed archery proficiency form

• Release form with the hunter’s notarized signature

• Legal release with the hunter’s notarized signature

• Check or money order in the amount of $10

• Completion of a certification session, including a written examination the hunter must pass

The Basehor archery hunting certification sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 and Aug. 21 at the Basehor City Park, 15800 Leavenworth Road.

The written test administered at the session will cover the city’s ordinance and its regulations and will be followed by an archery proficiency test.

If hunters pass both tests and have in hand all of the above items, they can obtain a city hunting permit at the certification session.

If hunters pass both tests and do not have all of the above items, those can be mailed to the Basehor Police Department clerk at 2620 N. 155th St. in Basehor.

Martley said he had already received several calls about the ordinance, and he anticipated both positive and negative responses to its implementation.

“The people here who have problems with deer eating and destroying their crops, I think they will be very appreciative,” Martley said. “But there were people who did not support it when it passed in February, and I imagine they will probably not be as pleased.”

Archery deer hunting season runs from Sept. 20 to Dec. 31, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website.

Ordinance forms are available on the city’s website, cityofbasehor.org, or can be obtained from any Basehor police officers.

For more information, contact Basehor Police Lt. Robert Pierce at (913) 724-3397 or e-mail lt@basehorpolice.org.

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