State suspends sales of nonresident turkey permits

Turkey hunting has potential to spread coronavirus because of nonresident travel, governor says.

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April 10, 2020 - 2:43 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas suspended on Friday sales of general nonresident turkey permits to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“During this unprecedented crisis, we must take every measure possible to protect Kansas lives,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a news release. “While turkey hunting is largely a solitary activity, the potential for inadvertent spread of COVID-19 due to travel associated with nonresident participation is something we simply cannot risk.”

This was initially not an issue because nonresident permit sales were lagging behind last year, when 14,700 nonresident spring turkey permits were issued.

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