Leashed Tracking Dogs to recover fatally wounded or dead big game, September 19th

The use of Leashed Tracking Dogs to recover fatally wounded or dead big game in Kansas, adopted by the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission at its August 21 meeting in Great Bend, has been finalized. The regulation will take effect on Sept 19 according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

According to K.A.R. 115-4-4, dogs may be used to retrieve dead or wounded big game animals if the following requirements are met:

(1) Each dog shall be maintained on a handheld leash at all times while tracking the big game animal;

(2) An individual tracking big game animals outside of legal shooting hours shall not carry any equipment capable of harvesting the big game animal;

(3) Each individual harvesting a big game animal shall be limited to the equipment type for the permit and the season that is authorized; and

(4) Each individual participating in the tracking of the big game animal shall have a hunting license, unless the individual is exempt by law or regulation.

The use of leashed tracking dogs is a part of K.A.R. 115-4-4, Big Game; legal equipment and taking methods. To see all the regulations covering hunting and fishing, go to