July 2008

WILDLIFE & PARKS COMMISSION APPROVES PHEASANT, QUAIL SEASON CHANGES

Season dates concurrent for pheasant and quail The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission has approved a change in the opening date of pheasant season, moving it to the second Saturday in November, effective in 2009. At its June 26, 2008 public hearing, the commission also approved a recommendation to return the quail season closing date to Jan. ... Read More


KDWP POSTS NONRESIDENT DEER PERMIT DRAWING RESULTS ONLINE

Permit status just a click awayNonresidents who applied for Kansas deer permits may now view the drawing results online. Click here, then on "Search Draw Status."Results of the resident Antelope, Elk, and Either-species/Either-sex Deer permit drawings will be posted in early August.All other resident deer permits may be purchased thro ... Read More


LATE CHANGES IN DEER PERMITS APPROVED BY COMMISSION

Unit 3, Fort Riley, and nine northcentral Kansas counties affected At a June 26 meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission in North Newton, three additions were made to deer permits and seasons that will affect specific areas of northern Kansas.In northcentral Kansas, any unfilled deer permit valid in units 7 and 8 will be valid in a s ... Read More


KANSAS WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION APPROVES DOVE SEASON CHANGES

Exotic species impact dove seasonThe Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission voted unanimously to liberalize hunting regulations concerning two exotic dove species -- the Eurasian collared dove and the ringed turtle dove, neither of which are native to North America. Eurasian collared doves in particular have increased their range and numbers in r ... Read More


COMMISSION APPROVES EARLY MIGRATORY BIRD SEASONS FOR 2008

Sixteen-day teal season approved for Low Plains ZoneThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks presented recommendations for early the early teal season and early migrant seasons to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission at its public hearing on June 26. Migratory bird seasons are set according to frameworks provided by the U.S. Fish and Wil ... Read More


RESIDENT EITHER-SPECIES DEER, ELK PERMIT APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 11

Applications available online; Either-species/Either-sex permit allows take of white-tailed or mule deerThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds resident hunters that 2008 Firearm Either-species/Either-sex permit applications are due July 11 and are available online. These limited permits allow firearm hunters to take a mule d ... Read More


LEFTOVER 2008 NONRESIDENT DEER PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE IN UNIT 10

Permits available online, at license vendors, or with toll-free callThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that about 240 nonresident deer permits are still available for the 2008 season. All of the leftover permits are in Deer Management Unit 10. These are permits that were not taken in the May nonresident application ... Read More


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WELCOME TO KDWP'S REDESIGNED WEBSITE

More color, better resolution, ‘live’ updates enhance siteThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website has a new look.While its new appearance is obvious, the site’s content and organization will be familiar to past visitors. Increased screen resolution accommodates more information and images, but navigating through the site is unchange ... Read More


75TH ANNIVERSARY FEDERAL DUCK STAMP FEATURES PINTAIL PAIR

First 75th anniversary stamp sold to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director in MarylandThe first 75th Anniversary Federal Duck Stamp was sold to H. Dale Hall, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) director, during a special ceremony hosted by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, near Baltimore, Md., in June. The stamp features a pair of northern p ... Read More


ADVANCED HUNTER EDUCATION -- BOWHUNTER EDUCATION FIELD DAY EVENTS SCHEDULED

Event completes two-part independent study processIn preparation for the 2008 archery deer season, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Hunter Education section is offering Advanced Hunter Education -- Bowhunter Education Field Day events. The Field Day completes the two-part independent study process required to attain the Kansas ... Read More


EXPIRING CRP ACRES IN KANSAS CAN BE MAINTAINED IN PROGRAM

Sensitive areas may remain in program another 10 to 15 yearsAbout 1.7 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres will expire in Kansas over the next four years, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA). Cooperators still have the opportunity to maintain difficult-to-farm areas with continuous pra ... Read More


FURHARVESTER EDUCATION COURSE SCHEDULED AUGUST 2 IN PRATT

Course offers basic methods of harvesting furbearers and the preparation and marketing of peltsThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP) Hunter Education section will offer a one-day furharvester education class on Saturday, Aug. 2. Students will gather at the KDWP Operations Office, 512 SE 25th Avenue, 2 miles east and 1 mile south o ... Read More


WILDLIFE AND PARKS POSTS SCHEDULED HUNTER EDUCATION CLASSES ONLINE

Class required of all hunters born on or after July 1, 1957; youngsters may hunt under adult supervision without course until age 16For most hunters, mid-summer is the time when thoughts turn to fall hunting seasons, which begins with dove season Sept. 1. For first-time hunters, preparation usually means taking a hunter education course prior t ... Read More


BREEDING DUCKS DOWN BUT STILL ABOVE LONG-TERM AVERAGE

Estimate is 9 percent below last year but 11 percent above long-term averageThe preliminary estimate of total ducks from the 2008 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey was just over 37 million, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This is a 9 percent decline from last year's estimate but still 11 percent greater t ... Read More


FLINT HILLS GOBBLERS BANQUET AND AUCTION JULY 26 IN EMPORIA

Fundraiser supports youth hunting eventsThe Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its 13th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet and Superfund Auction on Saturday, July 26, at American Legion Post No. 5, 2921 W. 12th Avenue in Emporia. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a turkey dinner at 7 p.m.The eve ... Read More


APPLICANTS INVITED FOR ASSISTED DEER HUNT IN TUTTLE CREEK LAKE AREA

Hunt scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14Young and disabled hunters are invited to register to participate in the 6th Annual Tuttle Creek Assisted Deer Hunt.Sponsored by the Riley County Fish and Game Assocation, Tuttle Creek Lake Corps of Engineers, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the hunt will be Sept. 13 and 14 on public and private la ... Read More


REPORT ILLUSTRATES TRENDS IN HUNTING SAFETY IN KANSAS

Volunteer instructors credited for enhancing safety of huntingThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 19 hunting accidents in 2007, with one fatality. This is an increase of two accidents over the previous year but still a very small number considering that some 271,000 hunters spend about 3 million days afiel ... Read More


KDWP TO CONDUCT WINGSHOOTING COURSE IN PRATT AUG. 5, 12, 19

Limited to 20 participants, course will teach basic to intermediate wingshootingThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will hold a three-session clinic entitled "Beginning Wingshooting" on Aug. 5, 12, and 19 at the Pratt Gun Club. The range is located one-half mile north of Pratt Community College, just east of Highway K-61 north ... Read More


DUCKS UNLIMITED CHAPTER PLANS CATFISH TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Wildlife conservation group plans tournament at John Redmond ReservoirThe John Redmond Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its Fourth Annual Catfish Tournament at John Redmond Reservoir on July 26 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.“This is the first time we have tried a catfish tournament as a way to raise money for wetland conservation,” says Bob Hammo ... Read More


RANGE MANAGEMENT SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CUTOFF DATE EXTENDED

Conservation school application deadline extended to Aug. 6 for western schoolPrinciples of Rangeland Management: Grass and Animal Ecology in Kansas is a three-day school directed at ranchers, land managers, and others interested in knowing more about this vital natural resource. Conducted by the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, Inc. (KGLC), the ... Read More