June 2008

14-year-old Scammon youth landed monster May 3

PRATT -- A new Kansas state record largemouth bass was caught in a private strip pit in Cherokee County on May 3 and has been certified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). Fourteen-year-old Tyson Hallam, of Scammon, took the trophy fish during the West Mineral Eagles ... Read More

Stream health surveys now involve local groups, larger streams
PRATT -- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stream survey crews will survey streams and rivers throughout Kansas this summer, adding information to a database that helps assess and monitor the overall conditions of these waterways. These assessments are annual u ... Read More

Deadline July 1; payments have increased; additional prairie signup offered
Landowners interested in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP)
Walk-In Hunting Access
program (WIHA) -- which pays landowners to allow hunting access on their land -- are reminded that the deadline for enrollment is July 1. The WIHA program, w ... Read More

Handfishing season runs June 15-Aug. 31; only flathead catfish may be taken; other restrictions apply
PRATT -- The Kansas handfishing season -- often referred to as "noodling" -- opens June 15, and die-hard outdoorsmen are looking forward to the opportunity to take flathead catfish using this unconventional method. Althoug ... Read More

Derby participants could win $200, drawing prizes for all
WEBBER -- Free Fishing Weekend for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Fishing licenses are not required to fish any Kansas waters for these two days, and staff at Lovewell State Park are taking advantage of this o ... Read More

Online survey results to help guide future waterfowl regulations
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks wants to hear from waterfowl hunters. Specifically, the department would like to hear from the 2,794 waterfowl hunters who recently received a postcard asking for their participation in an online survey.
“The survey is design ... Read More

International organization honors Kansas hunter education coordinator
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) hunter education coordinator Wayne Doyle has been named to the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the recent IHEA conference in Illinois in recognition of his excep ... Read More

Applications available online; either-species permit allows take of white-tailed or mule deer
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds resident hunters that 2008 Firearm Either-species/Either-sex permit applications are due July 11. Applications are available
. These permits allow firearm hunters to take a m ... Read More

Marina staff's quick action prevents spread to reservoir; highlights need for caution
Generally, the news on zebra mussels and other
aquatic nuisance species
(ANS) is bad, but recently, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff reported some good news.
"I would like to recognize the staff at Melvern Marina for t ... Read More

Proclamation highlights benefits of outdoor recreation
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants Kansans to get out and have some fun. To this end, Sebelius' recently proclaimed June "Great Outdoors Month." Her proclamation reads as follows:
“Whereas, Kansas state residents have a proud tradition of both safeguarding the environment an ... Read More

Free fishing, hunting licenses for disabled veterans among new laws enacted in 2008
TOPEKA – The 2008 Kansas Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius have approved several new laws affecting outdoor recreation in Kansas. Bills passed into law this year include the following:
Senate Bill 157 -- requires the department to purchase ves ... Read More

Variety of promotional events in planning stage
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, has announced that the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ Boating Education Program has been selected as a 2008/2009 National Recreation and Park Association Tak ... Read More

Upland bird seasons, early migratory bird seasons on public hearing agenda
Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission
will conduct a public meeting and hearing on the campus of Bethel College in North Newton June 26. The public is invited to attend both the afternoon public meeting and evening public hearing at Krehbiel Auditorium, 3 ... Read More

Thirty-five percent increase rangewide means more nesting birds;
production outlook hopeful
Each spring, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) conducts a survey of pheasants throughout their statewide range. As the mating season approaches, roosters increase crowing, and KDWP staff drive routes, stop at established sta ... Read More

Classes to focus on grassland burning; registration deadline July 18
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 12-14 and the weste ... Read More

Bullfrog season a favorite pastime on hot summer nights
Kansas summer temperatures frequently reach more than 100 degrees, and many Kansans prefer the comfort of air conditioning to the outdoors. Others, however, relish the freedom of summer nights, when shorts and a T-shirt are all that's needed to cool off in the water and pursue the ... Read More

Although last week in June finds some parks soggy, hopes rise with lower waters
A variety of Independence Day events are set to launch the summer season in Kansas state parks. While some parks have experienced high water levels and some flooded or soggy campgrounds in recent weeks, most park facilities are ready for Fourth of July fest ... Read More

Limited but high-quality hunts designed for everyone; application deadline July 15
Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers a number of special hunts on KDWP land. Hunters looking for a high-quality hunting experience are encouraged to apply for these special hunts. Dozens of specially-planned, limited-draw ... Read More

National figures third-lowest since reporting began; Kansas accidents drop 40 percent
Deaths resulting from recreational boating accidents fell in 2007, according to figures recently released by the United States Coast Guard. Nationally, the total dropped from 710 in 2006 to 688 in 2007, the lowest figure since 2004 and third lowest si ... Read More

Mulberries and summer shade attract squirrels and hunters; season runs June 1-Feb. 28
For outdoorsmen and women who don't fish or just want more varied outdoor experiences in the Sunflower State, Kansas offers exciting hunting opportunities throughout the summer. Squirrel season provides that opportunity. The season opened June 1 and r ... Read More