Deer hunting is a big money maker for many rural areas in Kansas. People travel across state and even come from other states to participate.
A new bill in the legislature would give those people outside of the state a new way to hunt in Kansas.
Mickey Holloway runs Heartland Outdoor Trophy Hunts, a business that helps out-of-towners hunt in Kansas.
He believes the new bill which would allow people that own at least 80 acres to sell the deer permit they aquire to an out-of-state hunter is a good idea.
“They want to come and hunt out of state, more power to them, and I think it benefits the landowners, especially the farmers cause there is a tremendous amount of predation on their crops,” said Holloway.
He said the reputation of big bucks in Kansas will always have people wanting to hunt here.
“People that pay money to hunt, they would like to get a shot at a trophy, and Kansas is one of the best ways to do it.”
State Representative Ken Corbet introduced the bill. He said it would benefit everyone.
“It’s a moneymaker for KDWP, it’s a money maker for their county.”
Not everyone sees it that way though.
“If you start allowing more people to come in and just hunt those, we’re going to lose genetics, we’re going to lose that revenue that we’re gaining in this state through out-of-state hunters,” said state Representative Eric Smith.
But Corbet said each person has the option if they want to use the program.
“The landowner knows how many deer he has, and if he wants to get involved, he can, and if he doesn’t, he doesn’t. But at least it lets him have the opportunity to make a decision,” said Corbet.
The bill would let one permit be sold per land owner.
It is planned for a final vote in the House Wednesday and if passed will head to the Senate.
The legislature has failed to pass similar bills in years past, and on Tuesday the House narrowly moved the bill forward by just three votes.