November 2007

KDWP BIOLOGIST HELPS PEN NATURAL RESOURCE LEADERSHIP BOOK

Book aims to train university students, early- and mid-career professionals, volunteers


The Wildlife Society (TWS) has announced publication of
The Leadership Workbook: Building Leadership Skills in the Natural Resource Professions and Beyond
, authored by Cherrie Nolden, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Farm Bill coordin ... Read More


FALL TURKEY HUNTING OFFERS LIBERAL SEASON, EXCITING ALTERNATIVE

Fall season provides hunters special opportunity to bag big birds


Although most turkey hunters think of springtime and calling gobblers, more and more hunters are taking advantage of the fall seasons, when different methods provide the opportunity to put a wild turkey on the Thanksgiving table.

The traditional fall turkey hunti ... Read More


TURKEY FEDERATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR 2008 KANSAS PROJECTS

Group aids everything from habitat restoration and burning to added WIHA land


The Kansas State Chapter of the
National Wild Turkey Federation
(NWTF) recently announced selection of the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for 2008 funding. These proposals had been evaluated and ranked earlier by the Kansas Super Fund ... Read More


BOATERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR FALLING WATER TEMPERATURES

Inexperienced boaters at risk when on the water to hunt or fish


Boating is usually considered a warm-weather sport but, as waterfowl hunters and anglers know, fall can be the best time of the year to participate in boating activities. It can also be a dangerous time of year for avid sportsmen and women who don’t consider themselves ... Read More


APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR 2008 COMMISSION BIG GAME PERMITS

Applications available online or by phone; deadline Jan. 4


Applications are now available for conservation organizations interested in applying for Commission Big Game permits. Information and applications are available by telephone request to Sheila Kemmis, 620-672-5911, or
online
.

Applications must be submitted no later t ... Read More


KDWP SEEKING PARTNERS TO PROMOTE HABITAT IN THE PLAYA LAKES REGION

Dec. 1 deadline for State Capacity Grant Program proposals


The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that $20,000 is available for building partnerships with other conservation organizations in the state through the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) State Capacity Grant Program. This program provides an opport ... Read More


CLAY CENTER TEAM TAKES TOP SPOT AT 2007 KANSAS ECO-MEET FINALS

Twenty teams comprised of 80 students display naturalist skills and knowledge


The Clay Center High School team took top honors at the state finals of the 2007 Kansas ECO-Meet competition sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). The competition was held on Oct. 31 at Rock Springs 4-H Center, south of Junction ... Read More


KDWP AWARDS INCENTIVE PROGRAM GRANTS TO PRIVATE LANDOWNERS

Agency also accepting applications for next round of funding


Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) officials have announced that an ad-hoc committee of wildlife professionals recently evaluated applications for
Landowner Incentive Program
(LIP) grants and awarded $409,347 of LIP funds to 13 private landowners. This pro ... Read More


LAWRENCE YOUTH WINS OUTDOOR ARTIST CONTEST

Event part of Kansas Wildscape's O.K. Kids Days


Kansas Wildscape
has announced the winners of its 2007 Outdoor Art Contest. Silvia Bennett was the winner of the six and under age category; Brock Butel won the seven through nine group; and Elaine Goodrick won the 10 through 13 age category.

This year’s theme was "Favori ... Read More


GRAZING COALITION GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS

Songbirds, upland game, species at risk benefit from group's efforts


The
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
(PLJV) has announced that
Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition
(KGLC) member Ted Alexander of Sun City was recently honored with the 2007 National Environmental Stewardship Award. The award was good news for KGLC.

KGLC was forme ... Read More


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FIREARMS DEER SEASON OPENS NOVEMBER 28

Hunters gear up for traditional opening day


The 2007 Kansas firearms deer season runs Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 9, and hunters are sighting in their rifles and practicing their shooting skills in anticipation of one of their favorite hunting seasons.

The first Kansas deer season in modern times was held in 1965, ... Read More


FIELD CARE, PROPER HANDLING KEY TO VENISON AS TABLE FARE

Cooled quickly, venison is great-tasting, healthy food


For deer hunters, taking a deer is a satisfying culmination of several weeks of practice, scouting, and preparation. However, once the deer is down and tagged and photos snapped, the real work begins -- caring for the meat.

No matter the weather, cooling a deer soon after t ... Read More


SAFARI CLUB DONATES TO KANSAS FARMERS AND HUNTERS FEEDING THE HUNGRY

International organization aids local efforts


The Chisholm Trail Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) recently donated $3,000 to the Kansas Chapter of
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
(FHFH). The donation will help Kansas FHFH pay for processing of wild game for distribution through local food banks. This provides h ... Read More


USDA OFFERS $257 MILLION FOR CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM

Next signup for landowners in early 2008


U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) Acting Secretary Chuck Conner has announced that nearly $257 million in Conservation Security Program (CSP) payments are being readied for all 19,393 contracts with eligible landowners and producers.

Wildlife conservation aspects of CSP are designed to ... Read More


DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TESTING

Eighty test locations established across state


This year, hunters can help the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) monitor the status of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state's big game population by having deer and elk tested -- for free. Through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), KDWP i ... Read More


STATE PARKS ADJUST SERVICES IN PREPARATION FOR COLD WEATHER

While some services limited, park usage still encouraged


Fall and winter are great times to enjoy Kansas state parks, but cooler temperatures mean fewer visitors, as well as some necessary adjustments by park staff. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks designates Oct. 1-March 31 as off-season months for state parks. During t ... Read More


KANSAS WILDLIFE FEDERATION SEEKS CONSERVATION AWARD NOMINEES

Conservation Achievement Award deadline Dec. 1


Throughout the state, Kansans are actively involved in programs to conserve the environment and promote environmental education and outreach. Often, these dedicated groups and individuals go unnoticed.

To give the people the recognition they deserve, the Kansas Wildlife Federation ... Read More


TUTTLE CREEK RANGE FEATURED ON NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS WEBSITE

Silhouette shooting, other events promoted by national organization


The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) currently features a new
website
to help shooters and hunters enjoy their recreation. The NSSF combs the country and reports on new hunting lands, seasons, ranges, and more in every state. Online visitors to the we ... Read More


EMPORIA AREA HUNTERS ORGANIZE "HUNT FOR HUNGER” EVENT

Two-person teams needed for charitable competition


A group of Emporia hunters have organized a charitable competition to help local folks in need this Holiday Season, with hopes of making this an annual fundraiser. The event runs Dec. 7-9 and will provide wild game for the Salvation Army's various food assistance programs. Deer har ... Read More


2008 HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES, PARK PERMITS AVAILABLE NOW

Licenses and permits good for rest of 2007, all of 2008


Holiday bargain days began Dec. 17 at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). On that date, all 2008 KDWP licenses, permits, and other issues went on sale and are valid for the remainder of 2007 and all of 2008, adding more than two weeks to their value. This inclu ... Read More