April 2008

ATTORNEY GENERAL SIX TO HOST GOVERNOR'S ONE-SHOT TURKEY HUNT

The 22nd Annual Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt will be held April 11-12, 2008 in El Dorado “We have a strong hunting tradition in Kansas and the annual one-shot turkey hunt is a great way to celebrate that tradition and kick off the spring turkey hunting season,” Governor Kathleen Sebelius said. As governor, Sebelius has participated in th ... Read More


KDWP'S NRO STONES NAMED WILDLIFE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Shikar-Safari Club Interational award puts Stones in elite company Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) natural resource officer Larry Stones has been honored with the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year award. Stones, from Kirwin, received the award in February in recognition of efforts above and beyond a ... Read More


KANSAS LEGISLATORS, CONSERVATION GROUPS FORM SPORTSMEN’S CAUCUS

Becomes 35th state caucus to join National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Sportsmen have an influential ally in the Kansas Legislature since formation of the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus on March 25. The Kansas Caucus becomes the 35th state affiliated with the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC). A sportsmen’s caucus is for ... Read More


GUIDE TO KANSAS BIRDS AND BIRDING HOT SPOTS NOW AVAILABLE

Easy-to-use guide displays Kansas birds in stunning photos, reveals best birding spots With exceptional habitat diversity and its key location at the hub of the Northern Hemisphere's migration corridors, Kansas is a bird-watcher's paradise. More than 470 avian species have been documented within its borders. From spectacularly beautiful bird ... Read More


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NEW BOATING LAWS AFFECT KANSANS IN 2008

Rules affect life jackets, vessel identification stickers, no-wake zones, and more The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced several changes to Kansas boating laws and regulations that went into effect Jan. 1. Boaters should be aware of these changes in order to ensure safety and avoid potential citations. Safe opera ... Read More


COMMENTS INVITED ON HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EXPANSION

Improved accident analysis, theft deterrence among benefits of plan The U. S. Coast Guard is requesting comments on the costs and benefits of expanding the existing 12-character Hull Identification Number (HIN) in order to provide additional information identifying vessels. The existing 12-character HIN is required on all recreational boats ... Read More


COMMISSION SET FOR APRIL 17 MEETING AT GARDEN CITY'S FINNUP CENTER

2008 deer, antelope seasons highlight evening public hearing The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing at the Finnup Center at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City April 17. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The afternoon session will include su ... Read More


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KDWP OFFICERS FOCUSED ON LIFE JACKET LAW ENFORCEMENT

Zero-tolerance policy planned for 2008 boating season Kansas boaters are advised to pay special attention to life jacket requirements this boating season, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). “We plan to take a zero-tolerance approach to life jacket violations this year,” said Dan Hesket, KDWP boating law administ ... Read More


2008 WORLD ALL-ROUND WATERFOWL CALLING CHAMPIONSHIP APRIL 19

Hoisington to host event; $1,000 prizes offered in four divisions On April 19, Cheyenne Partnership of Hoisington will host the 2008 World All-Round Waterfowl Calling Championship near Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Callers must compete in each of four divisions: Canada Goose, snow goose, white-fronted goose, and mallard duck. Five judges w ... Read More


FHSU ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF POPULAR PASTURE AND RANGE PLANTS GUIDE

After seven printings, classic guide gets facelift Fort Hays State University has announced the Second Edition of Pasture and Range Plants, a highly popular and valuable guide to plant life in the Great Plains. The first edition was compiled by Fort Hays State University (FHSU) with the help of the Phillips Petroleum Co., which donated the m ... Read More


OLATHE YOUTH CAPTURES TOP SPOT IN JUNIOR DUCK ART CONTEST

Painting of ring-necked ducks wins state honors, moves on to national competition Layne Anderson, an 18-year old senior at Olathe Northwest High School, captured Best of Show honors for Kansas at the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest on March 26 in Wichita. Her acrylic painting of a pair of ring-necked ducks won the top spot in the judging and w ... Read More


COUNCIL GROVE YOUTH HUNTERS BUILD SKILLS, BAG TURKEYS

National Wild Turkey Federation’s Munker’s Creek Limbhangers Chapter hosts 8th annual special hunt Ten lucky youngsters made memories to last a lifetime on April 5 at the 8th Annual Council Grove Turkey Hunt. The Munker’s Creek Limbhangers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) hosted the event. It was the second youth hunt or ... Read More


TALLGRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE OPENS GATES TO FREE KIDS’ FISHING CLINIC

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve begins new tradition introducing youth to outdoors The National Park Service (NPS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are joining the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) to sponsor a kids’ fishing clinic at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve on Saturday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is design ... Read More


KDWP'S PRATT EDUCATION CENTER HOME TO 100-YEAR-OLD TURTLE

Rare alligator snapping turtle weighs more than 120 pounds An alligator snapping turtle weighing more than 120 pounds and estimated to be more than 100 years old is now on display at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Pratt Education Center, 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt. The massive reptile was given to the education cente ... Read More


LOVEWELL STATE PARK PLANS HIGH-TECH SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS

High-tech treasure hunt is feature event of OK Kids Day This year’s OK Kids Day at Lovewell State Park on April 19 promises to be a fun and educational event where kids can participate in hands-on activities in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and geocaching. Crystal Fangmeier, University of Nebraska Extension Specialist, will pre ... Read More


KANSAN NAMED 2007 QUAIL UNLIMITED ADOPT-A-COVEY REGIONAL WINNER

Greensburg man honored for wildlife habitat work; 2008 applications now available Jason Johnson of Paradise Island Farms, near Greensburg, was recently recognized as the 2007 Quail Unlimited/Budweiser Adopt-A-Covey Central Plains Regional Award winner by Bob Peterson, Quail Unlimited (QU) Central Plains regional director. Peterson selected J ... Read More


NEW GUIDE CHARTS RIVER TRIPS FOR KANSAS PADDLERS AND FLOATERS

Book describes almost 1,000 miles of rivers available to the public For years, Kansas canoe, kayak, and float-trip enthusiasts have pined for places to put boats in the water and enjoy a peaceful day on the river. While those places have always existed, they haven't been well-known. With the publication of Dave Murphy's Paddling Kansas, Kans ... Read More


WARMER WEATHER, WATER BOOST WHITE BASS FISHING PROSPECTS

Hard-fighting sportfish migrating upstream from Kansas reservoirs for spring spawn Water temperatures in streams feeding larger Kansas reservoirs have begun to warm, spurring white bass on their annual spring spawning run. According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), anglers are just beginning to catch white bass in strea ... Read More


WILDLIFE AND PARKS COMMISSION SETS BIG GAME SEASONS

Deer and antelope seasons set at Commission’s April meeting GARDEN CITY -- The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission listened to recommendations concerning the deer and antelope seasons at its public hearing Thursday night in Garden City. Commissioners approved the following season dates for deer.
The archery season will begin Sept. 22, 2008 ... Read More


APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2008 NONRESIDENT DEER PERMITS

Application may be downloaded and mailed or completed online PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that 2008 nonresident deer applications are now available online (click here, then on "Application 2008 Deer Nonresident"). To apply by mail, complete the downloaded application and mail to the address pro ... Read More