Wildlife and Parks looks to public to help streamline regulations. By BRENT FRAZEE The Kansas City Star If you're one of many who think Kansas deer-hunting regulations are too complicated and confusing, take heart. Your world is about to become a whole lot simpler. That's the goal of a task force established by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, anyway. That 10-member group has spent much of the last year studying ways to streamline, simplify and improve the rules of the game when it comes to deer hunting. Now it is ready to hear from the public. The task force will put its recommendations to the test, getting feedback from hunters in a series of public meetings across the state in August. After that, the panel will take those opinions into consideration and draft final proposals for regulations changes that will be brought to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission. That action then would be brought to the 2007 session of the Kansas Legislature, and it would probably be until the fall 2008 until hunters see changes. But Mike Miller, chairman of the task force, points out that action taken this year will go a long way toward determining the future of Kansas deer hunting. "When we started our deer-hunting program in 1965, we had the equivalent of a little one-room house," Miller said. "But as we grew, we kept adding on rooms and pretty soon we had a maze. "Our regulations became so complicated that even our staff members had a hard time comprehending them." Perhaps the most controversial proposal is one that would call for Wildlife and Parks to make available unlimited whitetail either-sex firearms permits in eastern Kansas - for residents and nonresidents alike. In the past, nonresidents were limited by a quota system. And transferable permits, in which outfitters provided deer tags for nonresident clients, turned commercial operations into big dollars. But much of that would be eliminated if the proposal is accepted and nonresident permits were more readily available. The task force thinks the move could simplify the permit process without adding significantly more hunters or having an impact on the resource. Other proposals include: * The number of deer-management units for whitetail either-sex permits would be reduced from 19 to two - a west unit and an east unit. * A whitetail either-sex, any-season permit would be established. That would allow the permit-holder to hunt in either the east or the west unit during any season (firearms, bow, etc.), provided he or she has the legal equipment. * An either-sex archery permit would be established. An unlimited number of these permits would be available to residents and up to 25 percent of what were sold to residents the previous year would be available to nonresidents.