When dove season opens on September 1, Glen Elder Wildlife Area will become the 25th property managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism that utilizes the iSportsman daily hunting permit system. iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for accurate, real time analysis and statistics throughout the year. Hunters at the Glen Elder Wildlife Area surrounding Waconda Lake will be required to “check in” prior to hunting and “check out” after hunting on a daily basis. During the process hunters will be asked a few basic questions such as what species they plan to hunt and if they harvested any game.
The iSportsman system has been up and running for 3 years now at various KDWPT public hunting properties across Kansas, and is a much more convenient system than the old style paper cards where users had to find and utilize card stations that were scattered around the public properties. The new electronic system allows hunters to check in and out from their smartphones, home computers, or a traditional telephone. Check in can be done from anywhere and can even be done on the night before a hunt.
Glen Elder WA hunters who do not already have an iSportsman account will need to create one at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net Once an account is created each user will have their own password and PIN number for future use. There are no charges or fees involved with using the system. Checking in and out of a property via smartphone or computer is very user friendly. The telephone system is somewhat cumbersome at this time, and for those who absolutely need it Glen Elder WA will still have 3 traditional card stations at centralized locations.
The iSportsman system is an extremely useful tool for KDWPT Public Lands Managers. With a property as large as Glen Elder WA, the iSportsman system will give local managers a much better idea of what is happening on the property on a day to day basis. Information gathered will assist local managers with future decisions on how to continue to offer high-quality hunting opportunities for our users while managing our public lands in a responsible fashion.
Besides the 24 other KDWPT properties utilizing it, iSportsman is also being used by many Department of Defense facilities across the nation, including Fort Riley Military Base. Glen Elder Wildlife Area users are encouraged to contact Manger Chris Lecuyer with any questions or concerns at 785-545-3345.