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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS CAN KEEP BOATERS SAFE

Nov. 13, 2014Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to store your boatPRATT – Boating can be a fun and safe activity just about year-round, especially when the proper procedures are in place, but high winds, icy waters, and freezing temperatures can pose  serious risks. Anglers and waterfowl hunters braving icy waters this winter ... Read More


GAME WARDENS ACTIVE OVER MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

May 29, 2014Helping outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a safe outing is serious business for KDWPT law enforcement officers TOPEKA– Law enforcement officers with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) were positioned around the state over the Memorial Day holiday weekend to help thousands of outdoor enthusiasts safely enjoy th ... Read More


BOATING PREPAREDNESS IN COLD WEATHER A MUST

Nov. 21, 2013Boaters increase odds of survival during cold-weather incidents when armed with the right knowledge and toolsPRATT – A quick slip of the foot, a clothing snag on a limb, or even high winds can pose a big risk for any boater, but add in freezing temperatures, and you may find yourself encountering a life or death situation. As colde ... Read More


OPERATION DRY WATER ADDRESSES BOATERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE

June 27, 2013Concentrated efforts to curb drinking and boating are slated for June 28-30 TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for boaters under the influence during Operation Dry Water June 28-30. Operation Dry Water is part of a national effort to reduce accidents an ... Read More


BOATERS GET REWARDED FOR WEARING LIFE JACKETS THIS SUMMER

June 20, 2013As summer heats up, the KDWPT “Wear It Kansas” boat will be hitting the water to educate boaters about life jacket safetyPRATT­– This summer, if you see a boat clad with the “Wear It Kansas” logo, you might want to motor over and say hello– it could get you some free stuff. In an effort to promote life jacket use on Kansas waters, ... Read More


GOVERNOR BROWNBACK SIGNS BILL THAT WILL REDUCE BOAT TAXES

April 25, 2013Kansas boaters to save on watercraft taxes beginning in 2014PRATT – In last November’s election, a majority of Kansas voters supported amending the state constitution to allow legislators to change the way watercraft are taxed. Legislators acted on the issue this spring, and the result was the passage of SB83 which Governor Brownb ... Read More


KDWPT’S DAN HESKET RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

September 27, 2012Kansas boating law administrator recognized by national organizationLEXINGTON, Ky. – On Sept. 12, Major Dan Hesket, boating law administrator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, received the Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) President’s Award. NASBLA president Capt. Mike Fields pre ... Read More


RAISED FLAG ON BOAT ILLEGAL UNLESS SKIER IS DOWN

July 19, 2012
Misunderstood law can lead to accidentsPRATT — Boating and water sports are great ways to beat the summer heat, and Kansas waters teem with recreational boaters this time of year. Some of the most popular activities involve boating and being pulled by boats — such as skiing, boarding, or tubing — at high speeds. High-speed boatin ... Read More


LIFE JACKETS KEY TO CHILD SAFETY ON WATER

May 24, 2012
National Safe Boating Week raises awareness of water safety issues prior to Memorial Day WeekendTOPEKA — Whether part of a vacation or an ordinary summer day, boating can be fun for the entire family — as long as everyone remains safe. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that an estimated 85 percent of boating-related drownings could be ... Read More


KDWPT OFFERS BOATING MAINTENANCE TIPS

March 22, 2012
Pre-season maintenance can ensure a safe, trouble-free boating seasonPRATT — March of 2012 has been a mild month, and anglers and recreational boaters are eager to get on the water. This means it’s time to prepare boats and trailers for a trouble-free boating season. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) r ... Read More