April 2009

Educator's talents will help encourage youth outdoor involvement
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (PF/QF) has announced that Devon Walter, of Lincoln, has been named the organization's new regional representative for western Kansas. Walter's primary duties with PF/QF will include starting and servicing chapters and members in the r ... Read More

Be safe in the woods; bring back a fantail, not an unhappy tale
While Kansas has an excellent turkey hunting safety record, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds hunters that this record should not be taken for granted. There are a few simple steps hunters can take to make the story of 2009 spring turkey hunting a ... Read More

Three reservoirs harvested this year; goal of 90 million eggs about half complete
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) annual spring walleye egg harvest has been under way since March 19, and the agency's goal of 90 million walleye eggs for the state's hatcheries is about half way complete. Fisheries biologists are harve ... Read More

Springtime entices park visitors to enjoy the outdoors as snow melts
While the most severe blizzard to hit parts of Kansas in decades may have come the last week of March, warm weather will soon make this event a fleeting memory, enticing Kansans across the state to visit their favorite state parks. To enhance these visits, park staff ... Read More

Chapter will promote "bobwhite buffers" in northeast Kansas
MARYSVILLE -- Residents of Marshall County have formed Kansas' ninth Quail Forever (QF) chapter in an effort to protect and enhance bobwhite quail habitat. The Marshall County Chapter of QF also aims to involve local youth in outdoor activities.
"The Marshal ... Read More

2009 deer, antelope, elk seasons top evening public hearing agenda
OAKLEY -- The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission invites all interested persons to attend a public meeting and hearing in the Logan County Courthouse, 710 W. 2nd in Oakley, on Thursday, April 16. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m.; the evening public heari ... Read More

Public input combined with biologists' data provides more complete angling picture
Want to know where the fish are biting? The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) can help. One of the most popular and useful tools provided by KDWP is the weekly lake-by-lake
fishing reports
posted on the agency's website. While these repo ... Read More

More than 100 advocates from 30 states urge lawmakers to protect endangered species
WASHINGTON, DC -- As part of the 8th Annual Teaming With Wildlife Fly-In Day, more than 100 conservation leaders from 30 states recently met with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The conservationists were there to discuss the importance of new and grea ... Read More

Vandalism, violence cited as reasons for ban
LA CYGNE -- For the past 30 years,
La Cygne Reservoir
, a Kansas City Power and Light cooling lake, and the adjacent Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) wildlife area in Linn County have provided excellent hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities. Recently, the power com ... Read More

Norton Correctional Facility (NCF) will host an open house at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, to celebrate the completion of the first of four inmate-built cabins that will be available for rent at area state parks.
The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will be followed by a luncheon and tours of the cabins currently located ... Read More

Coalition will create opportunities for youth to experience nature
Governor Kathleen Sebelius has issued an executive order designed to create opportunities for children to get outside and experience nature. The new group, provisionally called the Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature (KCCN), will work with state agencies and other o ... Read More

Geocaching to be featured at park event
This year’s OK Kids Day at
Lovewell State Park
on April 18 promises to be a fun and educational day where kids can participate in hands-on activities. The feature event will be an outdoor scavenger hunt using GPS technology, called “geocaching.” Crystal Fangmeier, University of Nebraska Exten ... Read More

Bi-annual event coincides with opening of new wetland center at Cheyenne Bottoms
The 2009 Wings & Wetlands Weekend will be held on April 24-26 in Great Bend. The event will be based out of the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, behind the Perkins Restaurant on 10th Street. Approximately 200 participants have pre-registered for the w ... Read More

Site at Cheyenne Bottoms offers closeup view of lively world of wetlands
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has something to show you. The eagerly-anticipated interpretive center at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area will officially open for visitors during its grand opening at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24.
The new facility’s opening culmi ... Read More

Deer, antelope, elk seasons set at public hearing in Oakley
Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission
approved 2009 big game season regulations at a public hearing in Oakley April 16. Meeting at the Logan County Courthouse, the commission set seasons for deer, antelope and elk.
Among season dates approved for deer hunting are the ... Read More

Clay Center theater features work of local photographers
On May 2, the Community Chamber Orchestra of Clay County will feature a multimedia concert entitled “Agriculture and the Arts” at Clay Center's historic Rex Theater. Combining wildlife and rural landscape photographs with live music, the event will debut on Saturday, May 2, at 4: ... Read More

Youth introduced to archery, firearm safety, trapper education, conservation programs
The YMCA of Topeka will host a Trailblazer Adventure Day on April 25 at Camp Hammond in Berryton. Trailblazer Adventure, a program of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF), is designed to introduce families to outdoor activities and promote ... Read More

Wingshooting the focus of eight-week course
Kansas volunteer hunter education instructors will conduct an eight-week advanced course in wingshooting beginning Thursday, June 18, through August 6. The course will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening for eight consecutive weeks at the
Powder Creek Shooting Park
, 8601 M ... Read More

Improved turkey habitat can conflict with needs of quail
Kansas spring turkey season is in full swing, and many hunters are enjoying the abundance of this large game bird. Other hunters who enjoy turkey hunting but also like to quail hunt may be wondering why turkey populations have surged in recent years while quail populations have d ... Read More

Application period May 1-June 1; no mail-in applications accepted
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that 2009 nonresident deer permit applications will be accepted beginning May 1, with one major change from previous years -- applications must be made online through the KDWP website. The application deadl ... Read More

Turkey hunters urged to avoid area being improved for wildlife habitat
Turkey hunters planning to visit the
Hollister Wildlife Area
, approximately 8 miles southwest of Ft. Scott, should plan to avoid the northwest corner of the wildlife area on May 2. During the morning and early afternoon on this date, the Kansas Department of Wil ... Read More

Gardner man breaks 27-year-old rainbow trout record
It wasn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the rainbow on the end of Ken Phelps' line was golden. The Gardner man was fishing with Power Bait in Shawnee Mission Park Lake on March 3 when he hooked a new state record rainbow trout.
After weighing, confirmation by regi ... Read More

June 7 - 12 camp teaches youngsters nearly everything about the outdoors, from fishing, swimming, and star-gazing to canoeing, archery, and wingshooting
The Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) and the K-State Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring the 21st Annual Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) June 7-12 at the Camp WaShunGa area of Ro ... Read More