KDWPT offers WIHA program to private landowners

Submitted by Tim Urban

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is accepting applications from private landowners willing to make their land available for public hunting access through a lease agreement.

This is very important in a state where 98 percent of land is privately owned. Participating landowners receive payments, which vary depending on the number of acres offered, quality of habitat, and length of the access period.

There are several benefits to participating in addition to the lease payment. Many landowners own land far from their home or do not have time to worry about who is hunting on their land.

It may be more convenient for them to enroll their property in the WIHA program. Property boundaries are posted along with regulations so there is little doubt what property is open and what is not. Conservation officers patrol WIHA properties much like other public hunting areas. Access is by foot traffic only during posted access periods.

For more information or if you are interested in enrolling your property, contact Tim Urban at 913-422-1314 ext. 105. Call soon as funds are limited. Deadlines are set to allow posting of properties and time to print maps prior to hunting seasons.

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