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Recent Updates

This is a list of the last 75 updates to the website.

Hell Creek On Heels 5K, 10K Trail Runs

SYLVAN GROVE ­– “Wild Within You” will be hosting the 5th annual “Hell Creek On Heels” trail run May 2 at Wilson State Park. The 5K and 10K runs will take place on Switchgrass Trail and begin at 8 a.m. Runners will meet at the trailhead at 7:45 a.m.Runners will be met by aid stationsalong the trailoffering water and assorted energy-packed snack ... Read More

Webster State Park to Host OK Kids Day

STOCKTON – If you know a child who would enjoy participating in a jam-packed day of outdoor exploration and instruction, consider taking them to the OK Kids Day event at Webster State Park on May 2. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., youth ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in a variety of activities including: a fishing clinic, Laser Shot shooting si ... Read More

Trophy Turkey Program Recognizes Big Gobblers

PRATT – Big game and turkey hunters love to compare the animals they take. Most trophy-class animals are older and more difficult to hunt, presenting a unique challenge many hunters enjoy. Deer hunters, for example, use well-known scoring formulas to compare antlers based on size and symmetry. Turkey hunters are no different, and those who take ... Read More

4/25/15 - Open House Bike Ride
Community Event
(Prairie Spirit Rail Trail (Baldwin City Depot))

Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic

MANHATTAN – A Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic will be held at the Fancy Creek Shooting Range in Tuttle Creek State Park Saturday, May 9. Instructors will provide participants with a safe, comfortable environment to learn about rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, shotguns, archery and much more.The cost to attend is $50.00 and include ... Read More

Shooting Skills for Women Event May 30

PRATT –  If you’re a female age 18 or older and are interested in learning the ins-and-outs of shooting firearms in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere, consider joining other like-minded women at the Shooting Skills for Women event May 30 at Lil’ Toledo Lodge, 10600 170th Rd, Chanute.Hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks and Touris ... Read More

Apply For Nonresident Deer Permit By April 24

PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) would like to remind nonresident deer hunters that the application deadline for 2015-2016 Nonresidents Deer Permits is midnight on April 24. Only online applications are being accepted through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com, where applicants will be taken through a process ... Read More


PRATT – Turkeys can be unpredictable – one minute they’re off in the distance, the next minute they’re approaching you from behind. Every minute counts during turkey season, and time spent filling out a traditional daily hunt permit card could mean the difference between a good hunt and a great hunt. Optimize your time afield this spring by uti ... Read More


PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission approved the 2015-2016 big game hunting seasons during  the public hearing portion of the March 26 meeting in Topeka. Deer season dates were approved as follows:
Youth/Disabled – Sept. 5-13, 2015.
Muzzleloader – Sept. 14-27, 2015.
Archery – Sept. 14-Dec. 31, 2015.
Pre-rut Firea ... Read More


PRATT – Did you know that more than 93 bass per hour were sampled last fall at Bone Creek Lake in Crawford County? You would if you subscribed to thePittsburg District Fisheries Newsletterwritten by fisheries biologist Rob Friggeri. Ninety-three bass per hour is a very good sampling rate, but the fact that more than 30 percent of those bass wer ... Read More

Free Entrance At Kansas State Parks April 25

PRATT – In today’s world when we hear the word “free,” we sometimes associate it with something that is low quality or that comes with a catch. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is offering something free that bucks both of these notions. If you’re looking for a quality family activity that doesn’t cost money and doe ... Read More

Volunteers Sought For Kansas State Parks Clean-up Days

PRATT – If you’re looking to gain volunteer service hours, are wanting to give back to your community, or are just needing a good excuse to spend productive time outside, consider volunteering for one of the “Keep It Clean Kansas” events. Hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and ... Read More


PRATT – The Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St. N, Wichita, will be the site for the April 23 Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting.The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period. Topics to be covered in the general discussion include Secretary’ ... Read More


PRATT — It’s common knowledge that every year more women are becoming involved in the outdoors, and nowhere is it more evident than at Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshops. Because of this increased popularity, the May 15-17 BOW workshop is now full, but more opportunities will be ... Read More

7/25/15 - Sit Ski Clinic – Hillsdale State Park -- Personal Watercraft Ramp
Sit Ski Clinic
(Hillsdale State Park, )

4/25/15 - Darrel Smith
(Ottawa State Fishing Lake, Shelter House)