GREAT BEND – The 2017 Wings ‘N’ Wetlands Birding Festival is scheduled for April 28-29 in Great Bend and will offer participants a unique opportunity to view birds at two of the best birding spots in the Central Flyway ­– Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Held every other year since 2001, the Wings ‘N’ Wetland ... Read More

PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission conducted a public meeting in Topeka on March 23 and voted on big game seasons, including deer, elk and antelope. Secretary’s Orders for 2017 deer permit quotas were also presented.Items reviewed during the Workshop Session included recommendations for migratory bird seasons, including s ... Read More

PRATT – Beginning April 1, hunters interested in obtaining a nonresident deer permit may begin the online application process by visiting The cost to apply is $442.50 for hunters 16 and older and $117.50 for hunters 15 and younger, plus processing fees. Deadline to apply is April 28. Permits are awarded though a random c ... Read More

PRATT – With a perfect storm of heavy fuel, high winds and low humidity, wild fires roared through 23 Kansas counties in early March. One of the largest burned more than 800 square miles in Clark and Comanche counties, scorching more than 80 percent of Clark County. The fires had a devastating impact to those who lived and worked in the area, d ... Read More