Game wardens, sheriff’s deputies to conduct checkpoints

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BEAUMONT, Kan. (KAKE) -

It was a big weekend for hunters, pheasant and quail season opening day was this weekend.

 The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Tourism with the Kansas Highway Patrol spent the day making sure hunters were in compliance with the law.

The agencies made sure drivers had valid drivers and hunting licenses at various checkpoints.

A few weeks ago Game Wardens raised the alarm about two antelope shot and killed out of season.

One of the check points was in  rural area, at the Butler and Greenwood county line. All drivers traveling east were stopped.

Rick Tillery, was heading home from a pheasant hunt, with his buddy Backster. Tillery, whose been hunting for years, said he used to see these check lanes often, and he is glad to see the Game Wardens conducting stops.

"I like to see them. They are doing their job, and making sure people are doing legal stuff and not killing more birds than they are supposed to," Tillery said.

Captain Larry Hastings of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said these checkpoints encourage following the rules, but also assist biologist in gathering information on wildlife.

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