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Game wardens, KHP troopers to conduct checkpoint

Joint effort will check drivers’ licenses and possession of wildlife

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game wardens and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will conduct a joint checkpoint in north central Kansas in mid-November. The regular pheasant and quail seasons open Nov. 8, the greater prairie chicken regular season starts Nov. 15, and duck and goose seasons will also be underway. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state’s driver’s licensing laws.

KHP troopers will operate the first stage of the checkpoint to be sure drivers are properly licensed to be driving. If a driver does not have a valid license, appropriate enforcement actions will be taken. Travelers should not expect major 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 they are in either case, drivers will be directed to a nearby KDWPT check lane where game wardens will check for required licenses and permits, count the game and gather biological, harvest and hunter success information. This portion of the checkpoint should also cause minimal delay.

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

Information thanks to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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