Session of 1997
SENATE BILL No. 379
By Committee on Ways and Means
9 AN ACT concerning certain big game permits; amending K.S.A. 1996
10 Supp. 32-937 and repealing the existing section.
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13 Section 1. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 32-937 is hereby amended to read as
14 follows: 32-937. (a) When used in this section:
15 (1) ``Landowner'' means a resident owner of farm or ranch land of
16 80 acres or more located in the state of Kansas.
17 (2) ``Tenant'' means a resident of this state who is actively engaged
18 in the agricultural operation of 80 acres or more of Kansas farm or ranch
19 land for the purpose of producing agricultural commodities or livestock
20 and who: (A) Has a substantial financial investment in the production of
21 agricultural commodities or livestock on such farm or ranch land and the
22 potential to realize substantial financial benefit from such production; or
23 (B) is a bona fide manager having an overall responsibility to direct, su-
24 pervise and conduct such agricultural operation and has the potential to
25 realize substantial benefit from such production in the form of salary,
26 shares of such production or some other economic incentive based upon
27 such production.
28 (3) ``Regular season'' means a statewide big game hunting season au-
29 thorized annually which may include one or more seasons restricted to
30 specific types of equipment.
31 (4) ``Special season'' means a big game hunting season in addition to
32 a regular season authorized on an irregular basis or at different times of
33 the year other than the regular season.
34 (5) ``General permit'' means a big game hunting permit available to
35 Kansas residents not applying for big game permits as a landowner or
37 (6) ``Nonresident landowner'' means a nonresident of the state of
38 Kansas who owns farm or ranch land of 80 acres or more which is located
39 in the state of Kansas.
40 (7) ``Nonresident permit'' means a big game hunting permit available
41 to individuals who are not Kansas residents.
42 (b) Except as otherwise provided by law or rules and regulations of
43 the secretary and in addition to any other license, permit or stamp re-
1 quired by law or rules and regulations of the secretary, a valid big game
2 permit and game tags are required to take any big game in this state.
3 (c) The fee for big game permits and game tags shall be the amount
4 prescribed pursuant to K.S.A. 32-988, and amendments thereto.
5 (d) A big game permit and game tags are valid throughout the state
6 or such portion thereof as provided by rules and regulations adopted by
7 the secretary in accordance with K.S.A. 32-805 and amendments thereto.
8 (e) Unless otherwise provided by law or rules and regulations of the
9 secretary, a big game permit and game tags are valid from the date of
10 issuance and shall expire at the end of the season for which issued.
11 (f) The secretary may adopt, in accordance with K.S.A. 32-805, and
12 amendments thereto, rules and regulations for each regular or special big
13 game hunting season and for each management unit regarding big game
14 permits and game tags. The secretary is hereby authorized to issue big
15 game permits and game tags pertaining to the taking of big game. Sep-
16 arate big game permits and game tags may be issued for each species of
17 big game. No big game permits or game tags shall be issued until the
18 secretary has established, by rules and regulations adopted in accordance
19 with K.S.A. 32-805, and amendments thereto, a regular or special big
20 game hunting season.
21 (g) The secretary may authorize, by rule and regulation adopted in
22 accordance with K.S.A. 32-805, and amendments thereto, landowner or
23 tenant hunt-on-your-own-land big game permits. Such permits and ap-
24 plications may contain provisions and restrictions as prescribed by rule
25 and regulation adopted by the secretary in accordance with K.S.A. 32-
26 805, and amendments thereto.
27 (h) The secretary may authorize, by rule and regulation adopted in
28 accordance with K.S.A. 32-805 and amendments thereto, special land-
29 owner or tenant hunt-on-your-own-land deer permits. Such special per-
30 mits shall not be issued to landowners or tenants in possession of a hunt-
31 on-your-own-land deer permit as authorized in subsection (g). The special
32 permits shall be transferable to any immediate family member of the
33 landowner or tenant, whether or not a Kansas resident, or the permit may
34 be retained for use by the landowner or tenant. The special permits shall
35 be transferable through the secretary at the request of the landowner or
36 tenant and by paying the required fee for a general or nonresident deer
37 permit and the additional payment of the permit transfer fee. The special
38 permits and applications may contain provisions and restrictions as pre-
39 scribed by rule and regulation adopted by the secretary in accordance
40 with K.S.A. 32-805 and amendments thereto. For the purposes of this
41 subsection, ``member of the immediate family'' means lineal ascendants
42 or descendants, and their spouses.
43 (i) Fifty percent of the big game permits authorized for a regular
1 season in any management unit shall be issued to landowners or tenants,
2 provided that a limited number of big game permits have been authorized
3 and landowner or tenant hunt-on-your-own-land big game permits for
4 that unit have not been authorized. A landowner or tenant is not eligible
5 to apply for a big game permit as a landowner or as a tenant in a man-
6 agement unit other than the unit or units which includes such landowner's
7 or tenant's land. Any big game permits not issued to landowners or ten-
8 ants within the time period prescribed by rule and regulation may be
9 issued without regard to the 50% limitation.
10 (j) Members of the immediate family who are domiciled with a land-
11 owner or tenant may apply for a big game permit as a landowner or as a
12 tenant, but the total number of permits issued to a landowner or tenant
13 and a landowner's or tenant's immediate family shall not exceed one per-
14 mit for each 80 acres owned by such landowner or operated by such
15 tenant. The secretary may require proof of ownership or tenancy from
16 individuals applying for a big game permit as a landowner or as a tenant.
17 (k) The secretary may issue permits for deer or turkey to nonresident
18 landowners, but any such permit shall be restricted to hunting only on
19 lands owned by the nonresident landowner.
20 (l) The secretary may issue turkey hunting permits to nonresidents
21 in turkey management units with unlimited turkey hunting permits avail-
23 (m) The secretary may issue deer hunting permits to nonresidents,
24 subject to the following limitations:
25 (1) The total number of nonresident deer firearm permits issued for
26 a deer season in a management unit shall not exceed 5% of the total
27 number of resident deer firearm permits authorized for such season in
28 such management unit; and
29 (2) the total number of nonresident deer archery permits issued for
30 a deer season in a management unit shall not exceed 5% of the total
31 number of resident deer archery permits authorized for such season in
32 such management unit.
33 If an unlimited number of resident deer permits is authorized for a
34 deer season or management unit, the percentage limitations of subsec-
(l)(1) and (l)(2) (m)(1) and (m)(2) shall be based upon the total
36 number of resident firearm permits and the total number of archery per-
37 mits, respectively, issued in the management unit during the most recent
38 preceding similar season. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this
39 subsection, nonresident firearm deer permits of a particular type and
40 nonresident archery deer permits of a particular type may be issued in a
41 firearms management unit only if resident firearm permits of such type
42 remained unissued after the close of the previous year's first permit se-
43 lection process in that management unit.
1 (n) Any recipient of a nonresident deer hunting permit as authorized
2 under subsection
(l) (m) shall be ineligible to apply for or to receive a
3 nonresident deer hunting permit for any deer season established for the
4 following year.
5 (o) No big game permit issued to a person under 14 years of age shall
6 be valid until such person reaches 14 years of age, except that a person
7 who is 12 years or 13 years of age and has been issued a certificate of
8 completion of an approved hunter education course may be issued: (1) A
9 deer archery permit if the person submits to the secretary evidence, sat-
10 isfactory to the secretary, of completion of a bow hunting safety education
11 course; or (2) a wild turkey firearm permit may be issued to any individual
12 who is 12 years of age or older but is under 14 years of age if the individual
13 has been issued a certificate of completion of an approved hunter edu-
14 cation course. Such deer archery permit or turkey firearm permit shall
15 be valid only while the individual is hunting under the immediate super-
16 vision of an adult who is 21 years of age or older.
17 (p) A big game permit shall state the species, number and sex of the
18 big game which may be killed by the permittee. The secretary may furnish
19 an informational card with any big game permit and, at the conclusion of
20 the open season, each permittee receiving such card shall return the card
21 to the department, giving such information as is called for on the card.
22 (q) The permittee shall permanently affix the game tag to the carcass
23 of any big game immediately after killing and thereafter, if required by
24 rules and regulations, the permittee shall immediately take such killed
25 game to a check station as required in the rules and regulations, where a
26 check station tag shall be affixed to the game carcass if the kill is legal.
27 The tags shall remain affixed until the carcass is consumed or processed
28 for storage.
29 (r) The provisions of this section do not apply to big game animals
30 sold in surplus property disposal sales of department exhibit herds or big
31 game animals legally taken outside this state.
32 Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 32-937 is hereby repealed.
33 Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
34 publication in the statute book.