GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) _ The state wildlife department will set dates for this year's duck season this week, which has become a contentious issue in southeast Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission will meet Thursday in Great Bend.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/ONlUDx) duck hunters say the birds arrive later in southeast Kansas than in other parts of the state, where the season opens in late October.
The department is suggesting opening the season Nov. 3. But commissioners Don Budd, of Kansas City, and Robert Wilson, of Pittsburg, think it should open one or two weeks later. That way, the 74-day season could last longer into January.
Duck hunters in the northern part of the southeast zone want the Nov. 3 opening, while those farther south want a mid-November opener.