May 2009

KANSAS GRAZING LANDS COALITION SCHOOLS SET FOR AUGUST

Classes to focus on grassland burning; registration deadline July 18The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition (KGLC) is hosting two range schools in August -- one for eastern Kansas at White Memorial Camp in Morris County and one for western Kansas at Camp Aldrich in Barton County. The eastern school is set for August 11-13 and the western school for ... Read More


STATE PARK GEOCACHE 2009 TREASURE HUNT UNDERWAY

Second year for contest offers first prizes of annual camping permit or two-night cabin rentalOutdoor enthusiasts looking for the next great adventure will find it in a geocaching contest this summer at Kansas state parks. From May 1 to Nov. 1, each state park and some other Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) locations have two cach ... Read More


KANSAS ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT ANNOUNCES 2009 ARCHERY DEER HUNTS

Application deadline Aug. 20; $50 access fee required The 13,727 acre-Kansas Army Ammunition Plant (KSAAP), 3 miles east of Parsons, will conduct an archery deer hunt on Nov. 3-Nov. 15. Permits will be issued through a drawing. All hunters must be at least 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course. Archery hunters m ... Read More


KANSAS ANGLERS DOMINATE SOUTH DAKOTA WALLEYE TOURNAMENT

Kansas teams take first and second under tough conditionsOne of the most challenging tournaments in the 25-year history Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) was held on Lake Oahe in South Dakota May 2-3. High muddy water, a late spring that delayed spawn, and a smelt run all contributed to conditions that challenged the 61-team field. But two ... Read More


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COOL, WET WEATHER WON'T DAMPEN MAY PARK EVENTS

Events planned throughout May despite continuing cool weatherRecent wet, cool weather in the Sunflower State hasn't stopped Kansas state parks from conducting special events as spring unfolds, however slowly. Despite the weather, May is the time when Kansans clean up their boats and camping gear and head to their favorite state parks.To enhance ... Read More


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STRONG WINDS, HEAVY RAIN RAKE EL DORADO STATE PARK

Other southeast region parks also report damage from Friday morning stormEl Dorado State Park staff and volunteers are cleaning up debris and assessing damages of a storm that struck Butler County early Friday morning. Some areas of the park are temporarily closed or without power as a result of flooding, wind damage, and power outage sustained ... Read More


STATE OF COLORADO PLANS MANDATORY BOAT INSPECTIONS

Kansas boaters traveling to Colorado will be checked for aquatic nuisance speciesKansas boaters traveling to Colorado should anticipate being inspected this year as new regulations designed to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels take effect for the 2009 boating season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) reports. These regulation ... Read More


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KDWP OFFERS LANDOWNERS CONTRACTS FOR WALK-IN HUNTING ACCESS

Signup deadline July 13Landowners interested in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP) Walk-In Hunting Access Program (WIHA) -- which pays landowners to allow public hunting access on their land -- are reminded that the deadline for enrollment is July 13. The WIHA program, which began in 1995, grew to more than one million acres in ... Read More


KDWP STAFF ASSESSING STORM DAMAGE AT STATE PARKS

Department of Wildlife and Parks updates status from May 8 stormsOn Friday, May 8, heavy storms hit several areas of the state causing damage to several Kansas state parks. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff are still assessing damage as water rises at some lakes and recedes at others, exposing areas to inspection and cleanup. ... Read More


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CREEPING UP ON CRAPPIE

Warmer weather lures popular sportfish to shallow water spawning areasThe Kansas crappie spawn is one of the most exciting times of the year for many Kansas outdoorsmen, but it's been a cool spring in Kansas, and nature has been slow to respond. Mid-May, however, has brought warmer weather, and anglers can expect crappie to start biting as they ... Read More


FREE FISHING DAYS AHEAD FOR EVERYONE ON JUNE 6-7

No fishing license required during Free Fishing Days; scout hotspots onlineThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that 2009 Free Fishing Days will be June 6-7, in coordination with National Fishing Week. On these days, anglers of all ages may fish without a fishing license. Ordinarily, nonresidents 16 or older and resi ... Read More


ATTENTION HUNTERS: THE TOMS ARE STILL GOBBLING

Late-season toms can make exciting quarry It's late May, and many outdoorsmen and women have given up on turkey hunting in favor of fishing or other pursuits. But if you haven't filled your turkey permit, don't give up. All late-season toms belong to the lonely-hearts club because most hens have been bred, making mates harder to find. With just ... Read More


2009 PRONGHORN ANTELOPE PERMIT APPLICATIONS ONLINE ONLY

Application deadline is June 12 for firearms, muzzleloader permits; no paper applications acceptedThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that there will be no paper applications or mail-in forms for 2009 antelope permits. All applications must be submitted online. The application deadline is midnight June 12. Those who ... Read More


'RESCUING' YOUNG WILDLIFE LEADS TO TRAGEDY

Public cautioned to leave young wildlife alone; mother is almost always nearby Twenty years ago, the term "Bambi Syndrome" was circulated frequently in the press, and while you don't see the term much these days, the problem still persists: well-meaning Kansans see deer fawns or other wildlife by themselves and assume that they have b ... Read More


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HUNTING ACCIDENTS DECREASED IN 2008

271,000 hunters record only 16 accidents during 3 million days afieldPRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 16 hunting accidents in 2008, with three fatalities, two of which were not actually legal hunting incidents. This is a decrease of three accidents from the previous year and is a very small num ... Read More


2009 NONRESIDENT DEER APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 1

No mail-in applications acceptedPRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds all nonresident hunters that 2009 nonresident deer permit applications are due by midnight, June 1. All applications must be made online through the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Downloadable mail-in applications are not available, and none ... Read More


USDA EXTENDS CRP CONTRACTS FOR WILDLIFE BENEFITS

Contracts expiring in September may be extended with wildlife-friendly practicesPRATT -- Some landowners whose Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts expire in September can now extend their contracts, keeping the land in cover beneficial to wildlife, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency (FSA). Without this ... Read More


13TH ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S GOLF & FISHING CLASSIC JUNE 12-13

Win cash prizes; sponsored soldiers being deployed to Iraq in AugustJUNCTION CITY -- The Kansas Wildscape Foundation has announced that the 13th Annual Governor's Golf & Fishing Classic will be held June 12-13. The golfing event takes place on Friday, June 12, at rolling Meadows Golf Course, and the fishing event will be held June 13 at Mil ... Read More