July 2006

KDWP seeks public input on deer proposals in Salina, Colby, Phillipsburg and Hays The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a public meeting on draft deer permitting regulations in Salina on Monday, August 7. The meeting will take place at Kansas Wesleyan, Peter Science Hall, 100 E. Claflin. On August 8, a public meetin ... Read More

Leftover permits available after Aug. 1
Nonresident 2006 deer permits have been mailed to successful applicants. In addition to the permits, nonresidents who drew permits will receive a separate mailing containing a deer regulations summary; landowners will receive a separate mailing containing the regulation summary and a transfer applica ... Read More

Archery, fishing, log races, Frisbees: event offers something for everyone The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), Lovewell Lake Association, and Lovewell Marina at Lovewell State Park are sponsoring the annual Lovewell Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 5. Events begin with registration for the 3-D archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cl ... Read More

Celebrations continue through late summer Each month, Kansas state parks conduct special events, some in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some to celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events, including Free Park En ... Read More

Low oxygen content in water can be a prescription for disaster Everyone who has a recreational farm pond enjoys the opportunity to step outside and catch fish. However, nothing can be more disheartening than to carefully nurture a pond only to discover a fish kill on a hot summer morning. The July/August 2006 issue of Kansas Wildlife & P ... Read More

Successful applicants should receive notification by mid-August The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that the drawing for special hunts will be complete by early August. The deadline to apply was July 15. Applicants who applied online and provided an email address will be notified in late August only if they were not suc ... Read More

Leftover permits go on sale Aug. 1 A total of 2,285 nonresident were not taken in the May nonresident deer permit application period. These permits are all firearms Whitetail Either Sex permits and will go on sale to the general public -- both resident and nonresident -- Aug. 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. These leftover permits will ... Read More

Scenic Kansas area listed in top 10 travel destinations To mark the 230th anniversary of American independence, the well-known Internet website Yahoo.com highlighted its top 10 travel destinations in the U.S. It should come as no surprise to Kansans that the Flint Hills ranked number five on the list. According to the site's listing, "M ... Read More

Introduction to shooting sports, "Refuse to be a Victim" presentation to highlight event JUNCTION CITY -- On Aug. 5, the Women of the NRA, the NRA foundation, and local Junction City sponsors will conduct an all-day Women on Target clinic at the Geary County Fish and Game Association's Sportman's Acres. The event will run from 8 a. ... Read More

Populations of most species growing; wigeon and scaup still on decline The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released its preliminary report on western breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. Overall, breeding duck populations increased 14 percent since last year with an estimated 36.2 million on the prairies. ... Read More

Previous findings not supported by long-term monitoring Cheney Reservoir is free of zebra mussels, according to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) aquatic nuisance species specialist Jason Goeckler. This determination comes following several years of intense monitoring after an independent laboratory in Oklahoma reported finding ... Read More

Nonresident draw results available now; resident Any-Deer, antelope results in August Big game permit applicants will be able to view the results of drawings at the KDWP website this year. Results of the nonresident deer permit drawing were posted online July 13. Results of the resident firearms antelope drawing will be posted in early Augu ... Read More

Available free, video shows value of playa wetlands, how they may be conserved Most people have never heard of, or seen, a playa wetland, but they are the most abundant and ecologically important wetlands in the southern High Plains. They recharge aquifers and help sustain wildlife and croplands. Despite these benefits, playas remain threate ... Read More

State's largest frog a favorite summertime quarry
Every Kansan is familiar with the bellowing song of the bullfrog. The largest of all Kansas frogs, this amphibian is also a favorite quarry of outdoorsmen and women, and pursuing them is a great way to beat the summer heat. The season for bullfrog hunting is July 1 through Oct. 31.
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Last meeting for long-time chairman John Dykes, Fairway
SCOTT CITY – The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved 2006 hunting seasons for early migratory birds at a public hearing in Scott City June 29th. After hearing department recommendations and public comment, the commission approved the following seasons:
• Rail (Sora and Virgi ... Read More

Young animals picked up seldom survive, pose health risk PRATT -- Spring and early summer are times when most wildlife species bear their young, and occasionally, people will see a "baby" raccoon, deer, rabbit, or other species out in the open with no adult in sight. Thinking the young animal has been abandoned, well-meaning peopl ... Read More