December 2005

JOIN THE KANSAS WINTER BIRD FEEDER SURVEY

Kansas bird lovers asked to count their backyard birds PRATT -- With a cold December 2005 already on record, January 2006 may shape up to be a great time to attract hungry birds and delight those who love to watch them. This will provide bird lovers the perfect opportunity to help those involved in bird conservation. Each January, Kansas bi ... Read More


2006 HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES, PARK PERMITS NOW ON SALE

KDWP offers 15 days of free hunting, fishing, park use Anyone searching for that perfect Christmas gift for the outdoorsman or woman in their life should look to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). On Dec. 17, KDWP will offer 2006 licenses and park permits for sale. Although 2006 licenses and permits may be purchased in mid-D ... Read More


LANDOWNERS MAY RECEIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT AID

$100,000 available in Kansas for 2006 Landowners in eastern Kansas have the opportunity to receive federal funds to improve or manage woodlands on their property through the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program is funded federally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered locally by the Kan ... Read More


WILD TURKEY FEDERATION AIDS WALK-IN HUNTING AREAS PROGRAM

Donation adds approximately 4,000 acres for spring turkey hunters Kansas turkey hunters will have new hunting areas during the 2006 spring turkey season through a partnership between the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). The NWTF Kansas State Chapter has donated funds to KDWP's Kan ... Read More


COMMUNITY LAKES SIGN ON WITH KDWP

Agency adds two new lakes to Community Fisheries Assistance Program In the spring of 2005, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks launched the Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP). Using matching funds from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuel, the department began offering leases for fishing rights to ... Read More


NATURAL RESOURCES LEGACY ALLIANCE REPORTS PROGRESS

Two years ago, the Kansas Natural Resources Legacy Alliance submitted its final recommendations on management of the state’s natural resources. Members of the Alliance represented a broad spectrum of Kansans – private citizens, current and former legislators, state agency directors, private organizations, and university faculty. Public meetings ... Read More


PLAYA LAKES EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT GARDEN CITY

Award-winning display takes viewers "inside" the wetlands Playa lakes of the southern Great Plains are not only essential to migrating waterfowl, they are critical to recharging underground water supplies in western Kansas. To promote awareness of playas and their importance to wildlife and humans, the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PL ... Read More


TROUT FISHING HEATS UP AS WEATHER COOLS

2005 permits expire Dec. 31; 2006 permits on sale Dec. 17 During the Oct. 15 through April 15 trout season, thousands of Kansas anglers frequent 23 specially-stocked locations to enjoy a fishing experience normally associated with mountain streams. By purchasing trout permits ($12.15), these anglers make possible one of the most popular prog ... Read More


KDWP FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS COMPLETE FALL SAMPLING

Data collected for fishing forecast, future fisheries management decisions For most outdoorsmen and women, fall is the time to hang up the fishing rod and dust off the rifle, shotgun, or bow. For the fisheries biologist, however, it's one of the busiest times of the year, time to sample lakes to determine the health of fisheries. Fall is the ... Read More


SCRATCH THE ICE FISHING ITCH: CAREFULLY

Early frigid weather has many anglers thinking "ice" Kansas winters are unpredictable. The weather is usually on the chilly side, with most days rising well into the 40s, but every few years, Mother Nature blasts an arctic front into the Sunflower State, pounding daytime highs into the low teens and nighttime temperatures into sing ... Read More


FIREARMS DEER SEASON GOING WELL

Weather affecting success; harvest up in some areas Hunters and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff are reporting mixed but generally good hunting for the firearms deer season, which runs through Dec. 11. Cold weather and snow have affected the deer hunting, in some cases for the good and others for the worse, depending on ... Read More