June 2006

Prolonged exposure to odorless, colorless gas can be deadly Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is present in the exhaust produced in gasoline engines. Boats release carbon monoxide through the exhaust ports of vessels that are either idling or underway and exhaust from generator sets. When inhaled, carbon monoxide replaces ox ... Read More

Federal program may be in danger The nation’s 50 state fish and wildlife agencies, including the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) do not want more wildlife to be listed on the Endangered Species List. According to a new report that documents the last five years of the federal State Wildlife Grants Program, state fish and wildli ... Read More

Big game, upland birds affected; crane ID test required; Department of Animal Health bans hog hunting Several new regulations and statutes will affect the 2006 Kansas hunting seasons. Hunters should be aware of these, as well as all other hunting regulations, which may be found in the 2006 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary ... Read More

Archery and muzzleloader deer, quail hunts offered PARSONS -- The Kansas Army Ammunition Plant has announced season dates and application deadlines for limited hunts on the 13,727-acre area near Parsons. All hunters must be at least 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course. Hunts may be cancelled at any time due ... Read More

A few precautions can help control their spread Many boaters, anglers, and other lake users have heard the news that zebra mussels are thriving in El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River in Kansas. Recently, several new lakes in the region have become infested with zebra mussels, including Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri; Skiatook, Oologah, ... Read More

Early migratory bird seasons top evening public hearing agenda SCOTT CITY -- The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission Thursday, June 29, at the William Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m.; the evening public hearing begins at 7 p.m. The afternoon ses ... Read More

New chapter focuses on Conservation Reserve Program habitat, youth education Seward County bird hunters and conservationists have established the Western Wings Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) in Liberal. The new chapter plans to improve existing Seward County Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land while also introducing area youth to cons ... Read More

Kansas among three states honored by Ducks Unlimited Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteers from Kansas took home a Silver State Award from DU’s annual convention in Phoenix earlier this month. DU’s state awards recognize states whose volunteers excelled at growing and improving their fund-raising and conservation efforts. State Chairman Kent Monte ... Read More

Federal Farm Bill program offers benefits to producers, wildlife Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks federal Farm Bill coordinator Cherrie Nolden reminds agricultural producers that there are fewer than 3,300 acres left in a new allocation of CP33 Conservation Reserve Program contracts designated for counties in eastern Kansas. “KDWP enc ... Read More

Program lifts fees, increases quality of local lakes Fishing in Kansas has always been good, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP) has improved both angler access and the quality of fisheries. Now in its second year, the program uses federal dollars derived from excise taxes on fishing ... Read More

Comfort, convenience make cabins a popular alternative for park users The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks continues to add new cabins to its state park system. The cabins feature all the comforts of home while providing immediate access to the variety of outdoor recreation available at parks and lakes across the state.
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Limited draw hunts offer unique opportunities Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks 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 hunts for upland birds, doves, waterfowl, and deer ... Read More

KDWP offers free instruction to youth A basic wingshooting clinic can be a great youth program for any sportsmen’s group, organization, or local gun club. It’s also an effective way to recruit people into the shooting sports and hunting. For those groups interested, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP) “ Pass It On ” program p ... Read More

Champion cooks from across the central U.S. will display their culinary talents June 16-17 will feature the first annual Smokin' in Hell Creek Barbecue (BBQ) competition at Wilson State Park. The event kicks off on Friday with a cooks' meeting for competitors, then grills fire up Friday through early Saturday morning. Judging of the event oc ... Read More

Trails add new dimension to park experience Across the state, Kansas state parks are developing more trails each year. At Tuttle Creek State Park , the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has purchased 50 acres of ground adjacent to Rocky Ford Fishing Area along the Big Blue River from the Barnes/Dyer Bridge to the south side of R ... Read More

Kansas River is public, but most adjoining land is not
Four new access points with boat ramps have been added to the Kansas River, one of three public rivers in Kansas (in addition to the Arkansas and the Missouri), according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP). While the Kansas River is open to the public for fishing and ... Read More

KDWP staff collect data on aquatic wildlife; info available to public One of the lesser-known activities of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is the work of its stream survey crews. The crews, part of KDWP's Environmental Services Section (ESS), were created in the mid-1990s to monitor aquatic life in streams throughout the ... Read More