Making healthier choices is a popular New Year’s resolution for many, but putting healthier practices into action doesn’t have to be limited to the grocery store or gym. Hunting deer often requires quite a bit of physical exertion, and from trekking to your blind or treestand to recovering the animal and processing the meat, hunting can be a great benefit to your health.

Known for being lean, venison meat is a great meal option for those looking to make healthier food choices this year and add variety add the dinner table. From Jan. 1-31, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will offer three whitetail antlerless-only seasons open to anyone with a valid 2014 hunting license and any unfilled deer permits. As of Dec. 31, 2013, hunters were able to purchase Antlerless-only White-tailed Deer permits without having an either-sex permit in possession. Permits may be purchased wherever licenses are sold and online.

The season will kick off the New Year with an extended firearm whitetail antlerless season Jan. 1-12 (open statewide), followed by a special extended firearm whitetail antlerless season Jan. 13-Jan. 19 (open in Units 7, 8, 15 and 19 only), and an archery extended whitetail antlerless season Jan. 20-31 (in Unit 19 only). Hunters who did not fill a deer permit during one of the regular 2013 seasons (muzzleloader, early firearm, archery, regular firearm) may also use that permit during these seasons. However, all permits revert to Antlerless-Only White-tailed Deer permits, and unit restrictions listed on the permit apply.

For more information, consult the 2013 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, available wherever licenses are sold or online at ksoutdoors.com.

Image courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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