posted on July 02, 2009 07:47
The Commission approved 2009 dove season recommendations presented by wildlife biologist Helen Hands. A shift in dove management frameworks resulted in a change in the Kansas dove season from recent years. For the 2009 season, Hands recommended a first segment of the dove season that would run Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2009.
The second segment will open on the first Saturday in November and run for nine days – Nov. 7-15, 2009. A third segment will open Nov. 20, 2009 and close Feb. 28, 2010. Only exotic doves, Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, may be taken during the third segment. The aggregate daily bag limit for migratory doves, mourning and white-winged, during the first and second segments is 15, and the possession limit is 30. There is no aggregate daily bag or possession limit for exotic doves during any season. However, any exotic doves possessed in excess of the aggregate daily bag or possession limit for migratory doves during the first and second season segments shall retain a fully-feathered wing. All doves in the third season must retain a fully feathered wing.
Commissioners approved amendments to the state’s threatened and endangered species regulation. As a result of a five-year review and petitions reviewed by the Threatened and Endangered Species Task Committee, wildlife biologist Ed Miller recommended the following recommendations. The peregrine falcon and the bald eagle were delisted, and the delta hydrobe (snail), shoal chub, and plains minnow were added to the threatened and endangered species lists. The Commission also approved amendments to the regulation that designates nongame species in need of conservation (SINC). The amendment adds the bigeye shiner, redfin darter, lake sturgeon, striped shiner, common shiner, southern redbelly dace, cardinal shiner, and Johnny darter to the SINC list. The SINC list includes any nongame species deemed to require conservation measures to prevent the species from becoming a threatened or endangered species. SINC species do not have the level of statutory protection as those species listed as threatened or endangered in Kansas.