Pratt Negotiator Updates

Pratt Negotiator Updates

Hello everyone, in light of the current situation with the COVID-19, our state hunt, show and meeting have been canceled which I’m sure you are all aware of. In order to keep everyone informed on what is going on with our sport in respect to regulations and proposed regulations I will be posting on the federation’s website.

A few weeks back Terry Porter and I went to Emporia and met with Matt Peek the Furbearer biologist for KDWPT, first of all terry explained our scholarship program to him and asked him if he or any other of his staff would be willing to judge the essays for the scholarship, he said that he would be glad to do it.

There are three things we talked to Matt about, number one was the purpose of the two weeks that are closed from February 15 to March 1, I asked that he would consider opening those two weeks up to open running season, secondly we discussed the practicality of harvesting Coons year around. Third is the use of lasers at night for the purpose of shooting Coons that are treed with dogs. Matt was receptive to all of these proposals but made no promises except that he would look into their merits. I feel very strongly that we may see that two weeks of closed season at the end of February go away soon and am optimistic that with some perseverance we may achieve the others as well down the road.

Matt has formed a furbearer committee and asked Terry and I to sit in on a meeting and we agreed, that meeting is forthcoming. There are some new regulations pending for the night hunting of coyotes using night vision equipment and spotlights, Matt says they are still working out the details. I think that this will be something we will have to be mindful of as we will be sharing the woods with them when we have been used to being the only ones out at night. There may be a season on these regulations but as Matt says they are still working out the details so we will have to wait and see. Just something to keep in mind.

As always everyone’s continued support is much appreciated and needed!

Feel free to contact me at or my cell is 785-640-2030 or
Norm Douglas on the federation website

I look forward to hearing from everyone, keep enjoying our sport and be safe.

Thanks, Kin Hickman - Pratt Negotiator