Oh dear, that’s not a deer

A word of advice to the tens of thousands heading afield for firearms deer season after it opens next Wednesday…just because you see antlers coming through the brush, doesn’t mean they’re attached to a a whitetail or mule deer.

This bull elk has been seen several times in southern Reno County. Such lone elk are becoming increasingly common in western and central Kansas.

Random elk are becoming increasingly numerous around Kansas. We have solid, reproducing populations in several areas, especially Fort Riley and along the Arkansas River in western Kansas.

In the past few years I’ve gotten credible reports of elk seen in Wallace, Gove, Scott, Chase, Kingman, Saline, Dickinson, Ford, Hamilton, Kearny counties and Ellis Counties.

This bull was photographed south of Sylvia, in Reno County earlier this month.

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