March 2008

WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION TO MEET MARCH 13 IN TOPEKA

Deer, turkey, and bass tournament regulations top public hearing agenda The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing in Topeka on March 13. The public is invited to attend all sessions of the meeting, which will be conducted at Topeka Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th in Topeka. The afternoon session will begin ... Read More


REP. TODD TIAHRT AWARDED FOR EFFORTS TO HELP CONSERVE WILDLIFE

Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Tiahrt,allocates $85 million for State Wildlife Grants Program
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) was recently presented with an award for leadership in championing federal funding for state-based wildlife conservation under the State Wildlife Grants Program (SWG ... Read More


FISHING INFORMATION NIGHTS COMING TO HAYS, SALINA AND WICHITA

Fishing techniques, reservoir forecasts, aquatic nuisance species to be covered at events on March 11, 12 and 13PRATT -- You can catch more fish if you attend one of these events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) March 11, 12 or 13. Called Fishing Information Nights, the events will feature experts on fishing and focu ... Read More


LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HUNT? SPRING TURKEY ATLAS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Atlas listing all public and walk-in land available online; hard copies due in late MarchThis spring, turkey season for youth and disabled hunters will run concurrently with the archery only season, April 1-8. The regular season (all permits valid and shotguns or bows allowed) opens April 9 and runs through May 31. To help hunters find places t ... Read More


IS 2008 YOUR YEAR? FISHING SEASON HOLDS POSSIBILITY FOR NEW RECORDS

One record set in 2008; Master Angler Awards available for trophy catches that are not state recordsMost Kansas anglers love to just catch fish, but most dream about catching that once-in-a-lifetime state record fish. In 2007, only one record was broken among the 36 species of fish for which the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) ke ... Read More


YOUTH TURKEY HUNT MARCH APRIL 5

Hunters 16 and younger invited; registration deadline March 28COUNCIL GROVE -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) -- in cooperation with area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Unlimited, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -- is conducting a special turkey hunt April 5 near Council Grove. Youth mu ... Read More


NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT HUNTING, SHOOTING GEAR SALES TOPS GOLF

Hunting and firearms-related gear second only to exercise equipmentin sports-related salesFore! Outdoor sportsmen and women are playing through. According to data released by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), hunting- and shooting-related equipment sales have out-driven golf.New statistics show that hunting gear and firearm sales ... Read More


FISHING INFORMATION NIGHTS VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Videos of KDWP events may be viewed on web at www.kdwp.state.ks.usThroughout March, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has conducted a number of public events around the state to educate anglers. Called "Fishing Information Nights," the events have featured experts on fishing and focused on fishing prospects, technique ... Read More


CHANGES APPROVED FOR DEER PERMITS, HUNTING EQUIPMENT

Action taken by Wildlife and Parks Commission in March 13 public hearingTOPEKA -- The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission has approved a variety of changes in deer hunting equipment and deer permits. The action came at a public hearing in Topeka March 13, and the changes take effect in the 2008 deer seasons.Among changes in legal deer hunting ... Read More


APRIL EVENTS USHER IN NEW SEASON FOR STATE PARKS

April marks beginning of active park visitation; visitors reminded that off-season permits available through March 31To enhance your Kansas state park visit, park staff conduct a variety of special events throughout the state. Some events are in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some celebrate a special historical event or geological at ... Read More


WALLEYE EGG HARVESTING CREATES ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES

Three reservoirs used this year; care taken not to spread aquatic nuisance speciesIt's walleye egg-taking time for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), and fisheries biologists will harvest walleye eggs from three reservoirs. Egg-taking will begin on March 19 at Cedar Bluff Reservoir, March 24 at Hillsdale Reservoir, and March 30 ... Read More


PRECAUTIONS CONTRIBUTE TO FUN, SUCCESS OF YOUR TURKEY SEASON

Spring turkey hunting one of safest outdoor activities, but caution always wiseEach year, a number of spring turkey hunting accidents occur throughout the United States. While Kansas has an excellent turkey hunting safety record, this should not be taken for granted. There are a few simple steps that can be taken to make this spring turkey hunt ... Read More


K-STATE BIOLOGIST, RESEARCH TEAM DISCOVER STREAM SCRUBBER

Microorganisms filter nitrogen from small streams, keeping larger waterways cleanerTo understand how nitrogen accumulates in large rivers and oceans miles and miles away, scientists like Walter Dodds looked at small streams flowing closer to home. Dodds, a professor of biology at Kansas State University, didn't have to look any farther than his ... Read More


GEARY COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU NABS TELLY AWARDS

White-tailed deer, upland game featuredThe Geary County Convention and Visitor's Bureau (GCCVB) has become the first CVB in Kansas to win two Telly Awards using in-house production work. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The awards receive more than 14,000 entries annually from all 50 sta ... Read More


KDWP INVESTIGATING REPORTED KILLING OF MOUNTAIN LION IN STATE

Officers searching for more clues on origin of catKansas Wildlife and Parks officers are investigating the alleged killing of a mountain lion, also known as a cougar or puma, in southcentral Kansas last fall. Investigators learned of the case three weeks ago.A Barber County landowner apparently killed the cougar on his own property last Novembe ... Read More


OSAGE CITY RESIDENT EARNS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AWARD

Osage City man also garners nomination for national awardBob Harmon, Osage City, received the 2007 Wildlife Habitat Conservation Award representing Osage County at the Osage County Conservation District's Annual Conservation Meeting and Banquet on Feb. 11. This award is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, Quail Unlimited, and the Kansa ... Read More


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STATEWIDE CWD SAMPLING COMPLETE; NO NEW CASES REPORTED

More than 2,000 samples testedThis year, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in three wild white-tailed bucks harvested during the rifle season northeast of Oberlin in Decatur County. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff detected CWD in a white-tailed buck taken in Red Willow Coun ... Read More


PRESCRIBED BURNS IN SPRING IMPROVE WILD TURKEY HABITAT

Selective burning during nesting season can be more effective than earlier burnsWildlife managers know the use of prescribed fire as a land management tool is an excellent way to improve wildlife habitat. However, each spring wildlife biologists hear the fears of concerned hunters who don't understand that prescribed burns in March and April -- ... Read More


KANSAS BIRDING FESTIVAL AT WAKEFIELD SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 25-27

April 10 registration deadlineThe Kansas Birding Festival is coming to Wakefield. The three-day event -- April 25-27 -- will feature seminars on birds and birdwatching, guided field trips, food, and much more.On Friday, April 28, the event will begin at the Wakefield Methodist Church Community Center with registration and guided field trips to ... Read More