Low Plains season opens Sept. 9, High Plains Sept. 16 PRATT -- What a difference a few days can make. Two weeks ago, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reported that wetlands in central and northwest Kansas were in dire straits due to lack of rainfall. One of the agency's premier wetlands -- Cheyenne Bottoms, near Great Bend -- was ... Read More

Highly-pathogenic strain not yet found in North America; risk to hunters extremely low PRATT -- With the start of hunting seasons, bird hunters may be concerned about avian influenza, commonly known as “bird flu." Birds have long been susceptible to bird flu, but the latest strain -- highly-pathogenic H5N1 -- has killed more than 200 m ... Read More

Whitetail either sex permits still available; no deer check stations this year PRATT -- Two deer seasons open in September: the muzzleloader season, which runs Sept. 9-22, and the youth/disabled season, which runs Sept. 23-24. Resident hunters who have yet to obtain a Whitetail Either Sex permit may still obtain one at Kansas Department of ... Read More

Celebrations continue into early fall PRATT -- 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 Pa ... Read More

Information booths, conservation programs, food highlight event EMPORIA -- On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, local chapters of Quail Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lyon County Soil Conservation District, and volunteer Kansas hunter education instructors will conduct Wildlife Appre ... Read More