In what can only be described as one incredibly ironic juxtaposition of hunting regulations to be reviewed and approved at single venue, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission OK’d modern high-powered optics for guns considered to be primitive, as well as arrowheads chipped from rock, like those utilized by prehistoric cave-dwellers.
I certainly can’t be the only one who noticed the bizarre paradox in last week’s action by the Kansas commission that allows deer hunters to use scopes on muzzleloaders and hand-made, knapped stone arrowheads for bowhunting.
Following a 20-minute discussion Thursday during its regular meeting, a divided commission voted 4-3 to allow scopes of any magnification during the state’s early muzzleloader season.
Those against the measure argued that the advanced technology offered by scopes is not suitable for a firearm in what is supposed to be a primitive and more challenging hunt. On the other side, supporters countered that accurate shooting is a goal of all hunters and some aging hunters need optics to insure their accuracy.
But without dissention, commissioners approved the measure to allow bowhunters to hunt deer with arrowheads fashioned from knapped (chipped) stone.
With the action, Kansas becomes the second state to take hunting back to a time when hunters didn’t need cover scents, because they smelled exactly like their quarry.
The Illinois DNR approved the use of obsidian arrowheads for deer hunting a few years ago.
So if you’re looking for a more challenging method of taking your deer this fall, head to Kansas and remember the theme of those Geico insurance commercials.
“A caveman could do it!”