December 2006

Jan. 2 declared state holiday in honor of President Gerald Ford
PRATT -- At the beginning of each new year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) begins taking reservations for state park campsites, cabins, and special event facilities. Normally, this begins the first working day of the year, Jan. 2, because New Year's Day is a ... Read More

Season not open in all units, and regular-season permit and game tag restrictions apply The firearms extended whitetail antlerless deer season is underway. The season opened Jan. 1 and runs through Jan. 7. Many hunters who did not fill a deer permit or Whitetail Antlerless Only Deer game tag during one of the regular 2006 seasons (muzzlel ... Read More

Wildlife and Parks working with city to contain infestation;
lake-user help essential
WINFIELD -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in Winfield City Lake. The agency was informed of the possibility of zebra mussels in the lake after a local angler brought what he thought were ze ... Read More

45-pound monster breaks old record by 13 pounds Two Haven men caught a new Kansas state record snapping turtle on the Arkansas River near their home town this fall. The monster weighed 45 pounds and was 16 inches long. The previous largest Kansas common snapper was caught by Ian and John Bork on April 23, 1992, in Barton County. That specime ... Read More

From bass and bluegill to sauger and walleye, Kansas anglers have it all The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has completed its 2006 stocking of fish raised in state hatcheries at Farlington, Meade, Milford, and Pratt, including millions of fish from newly-hatched to 8 inches long. Approximately 74.7 million predaceous fish -- ... Read More

Data used to compile 2007 Kansas Fishing Forecast, available in January Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) raises and stocks millions of fish throughout the state, providing anglers with special opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish. Fall is perhaps the busiest time of the year for KDWP fisheries biologists ... Read More

Professorship in Oklahoma lures Liberal doctor away from Kansas Dr. James Harrington of Liberal has announced his resignation from the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Harrington had served on the commission since July 1, 2001, and was appointed chairman by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on July 1, 2006. An avid hunter ... Read More

Wildlife habitat, aquifer recharge primary benefits A new survey commissioned by the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) reveals that most landowners with playas (High Plains seasonal wetlands) on their properties are willing to conserve them, and many say the wetlands are a positive presence on the land, primarily because they attract wildlife ... Read More

Events held across Kansas; open to all bird enthusiasts The Kansas Ornithological Society has announced dates for its annual Kansas Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs). These statewide events help biologists glean information on bird population trends and give wildlife enthusiasts a chance to search for their favorite birds. The event is co-sponso ... Read More

Deadline March 1; federal program helps landowners preserve wetlands Harold L. Klaege, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas, has announced a signup deadline of March 1, 2007, for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). The WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, ... Read More

KDWP license and permits good for rest of 2006, all of 2007 In 2007, the state of Kansas will continue to support a program designed to show appreciation for Kansas sportsmen and women. All Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) licenses, permits, and other issues will go on sale Dec. 16 and will be valid for the remainder of 2006 an ... Read More

Renowned Kansas conservationist left mark on landscape, many agencies On Nov. 29, Kansas conservationists lost one of their greatest advocates in Dr. Gerald Tomanek, who passed away after serving the natural resources of the state for nearly 60 years in various capacities. Tomanek received an A.B. and M.S. degree from Fort Hays State Univers ... Read More