Kansas is one of 32 states working together to corral and punish game law violators.
Kevin Jones, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks law enforcement chief, said the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact got started about 20 years ago. Kansas has been on-board about five years.
Currently five other states have passed legislation for their game departments to join the compact. Three other states are in the process of getting such legislation approved.
Basically states within the compact honor punishements imposed on violators by other states. If a person loses hunting priviledges in Kansas it can be the same in the other 31 states.
“It’s proven to be a deterrant,” Jones said. “People know what they do in one state can have serious reprocussions on them being able to hunt about anywhere in the United States, including their home state. People hold their hunting pretty near and dear to their hearts.”
Jones said the states have an on-going data base that all access. If a person has been banned from hunting in another member state the Kansas licensing system will refuse to issue them any kind of licenses or permits.
The compact also gives game wardens and minor violators more flexibility in the field.
In the past game wardens writing tickets to out-of-state hunters usually had to take them to a law enforcement office and get them to post bond to make sure they didn’t skip-out on the violation.
Jones said officers can now simply issue the citation if the person is from a compact state. If the violator ignores the charges law enforcement officials in their home state can get involved.
“It minimizes the impact on people for violations and it keeps our officers in the field more,” Jones said. “It just makes the system work better.”