September 2006

The Department will be auctioning off state surplus property Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, 1:00 p.m. Pratt, KS Location of the sale is at the Pratt Wildlife and Parks Operations Office, 512 SE 25th Ave; 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt, KS. The following list is a brief sampling of sale items: VEHICLES 2001 Chevy Lumina 4-dr Sedan, Full p ... Read More

Resident bowhunters can purchase licenses and permits online from the convenience of home October 1 marks the traditional opening day of the archery deer season in Kansas. Recent cool breezes and the hint of fall color in the cottonwoods invoke an almost involuntary response from avid bowhunters – the desire to satisfy the primal urge to hun ... Read More

Season opens November 4th this year The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds hunters that some changes will take effect in the upland game seasons this fall. The regular pheasant season will open Nov. 4th, one week earlier than previous years, and run through the end of January. Also, the quail units have been eliminated; the stat ... Read More

Innovative use of wetlands will restore lake, provide recreation An alternative wastewater treatment process will restore a portion of Ulysses' Frazier Park Lake. The wastewater effluent will be filtered through a series of wetlands and stream habitats to be constructed on existing city property, restoring water-based recreational opportunit ... Read More

Nonresident landowners not entitled to same hunting rights as resident landowners U.S. Senior District Judge Wesley E. Brown, Wichita, has issued a summary judgment order in favor of defendant Mike Hayden, in his official capacity as secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Summary judgment is a legal term which means that a ... Read More

Flint Hills Friends of the NRA feast Sept. 28 The annual Emporia area Friends of the NRA banquet and auction will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Anderson Building on the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. featuring a barbecue dinner catered by Bad Ole Berns. Dinner will be followed by an auction and speci ... Read More

New survey reveals continuing trend A new nationwide survey of Americans 18 years old and older shows that a strong majority of Americans support hunting and fishing. The nationwide survey, conducted by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va., found that support for hunting and fishing has remained strong over the past decade with approxi ... Read More

Despite drought in the west, good hunting should be found in much of the state For the second year in a row, the Kansas upland bird hunting outlook appears upbeat. Good numbers of birds and more than 1.6 million acres open to public hunting make Kansas a premier destination for hunters pursuing pheasants, quail, and prairie chickens. Kansas ... Read More

Gov. Sebelius, partners commemorate state park cabin construction project Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 14th celebrating the completion of two cabins that will soon be moved to Wilson State Park . At the ceremony, conducted at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility where the cabins are built, ... Read More

One-day class scheduled at Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area In an effort to introduce interested novices to the world of waterfowl hunting, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is offering a one-day class Oct. 7at Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area near Pleasanton. The class will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The course will c ... Read More

Managers recommend additional doe harvest The decline of Cedar Bluff Reservoir for the last five years has prompted an increase of approximately 2,900 acres of prime deer habitat in the lake bottom, increasing the white-tailed deer population by an estimated 45 percent in the last three years. The population increase is cause for concern bec ... Read More

A few positions still open for the coming year AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. This year, AmeriCorps will provide more than 470 Kansans the opportun ... Read More

35th anniversary of annual observance to honor hunter, angler contributions Sept. 23 marks the 35th anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD), but the contributions of hunters and anglers to outdoor recreation in the U. S. began more than 100 years ago. Those early outdoors men and women were the first supporters of conservation ... Read More

Group to promote quail habitat improvement, field trials in region GIRARD -- Recently, a group of 17 conservation-minded individuals from the Pittsburg-Girard area formed the new Southeast Kansas (SEK) Quail Unlimited Chapter. New chapter volunteers are eager to donate their time and energy on projects ranging from a conservation fundraiser ... Read More

Website honored by internet education portal An educational website for Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station has been recognized for its outstanding educational content. The Konza Environmental Education Program website has earned an Award of Excellence from StudySphere , an education portal on the internet that provide ... Read More

Butterflies' long migration hits Kansas in September. This month brings an especially colorful spectacle to Kansas, as masses of migrating monarch butterflies pass through the state. This familiar species has migratory behavior much like that of birds, which is unique in the insect kingdom. Navigating strictly on instinct, every monarch east ... Read More

Modifications due to low water, increased waterfowl use expected The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has been considering implementing a deeper water waterfowl refuge at Wilson Reservoir for several years. While the water portion of the refuge designated on the west end in 1996 has been effective for sandhill cranes and early migrati ... Read More

View aerial images of favorite state parks from comfort of home The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website offers many informational features about each of its state parks, including detailed news, brochures, camping area information, events, photographs, fish and wildlife, and direct email. Each of these features may be acce ... Read More