February 2007

Leading hunting, fishing, and conservation groups push fish and wildlife funding in 2007 Farm Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Amid concerns that the 2007 federal Farm Bill may contain provisions detrimental to the Conservation Reserve Program and other conservation programs, the Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group (AWWG) of the Theodore Rooseve ... Read More

Kansas conservation plans will be presented at Abilene QU meeting Rob Manes, director of Conservation Programs with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will present an overview of TNC's conservation programs to the Chisholm Trail Quail Unlimited chapter on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the La Fiesta restaurant in Abilene. The program will outlin ... Read More

Seed available for the amount of acres to be planted; mixtures vary according to area's annual rainfall
Adequate nesting and brood rearing cover are critical needs throughout much of the bobwhite range, according to Quail Unlimited (QU) National Habitat Director Roger Wells, Americus. “Wildlife biologists have identified the need for crea ... Read More

Atlas includes county-by-county maps of all public-access fishing areas Anglers looking forward to warmer weather will find welcome news in the 2007 Kansas Fishing Atlas, available online, as well as in printed form. Printed copies are available from most KDWP offices and license vendors or may be sent upon request by emailing teris@wp.state ... Read More

Permit required of everyone, six-fish season limit The Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15, and paddlefish snaggers should be aware of some new rules for 2007. The first new rule is that anyone snagging must have a paddlefish permit -- good for six paddlefish. Only one permit is allowed per angler for the season. ... Read More

Quality emphasized over quantity in habitat management bids Quail Unlimited (QU) and Budweiser recently announced that they will continue to sponsor the Adopt-A-Covey Program introduced last year. In its inaugural year, almost 300 landowners participated, enrolling more than 100,000 acres in projects to enhance habitat for quail and other u ... Read More

Awards highlight environmental education excellence The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) has announced recipients of their 2006-2007 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education awards. Nominated by peers for outstanding leadership and achievement, award recipients work individually and cooper ... Read More

Business honored for supporting O.K. Kids Days, wetland development, park cabins On Feb. 18, the Kansas Wildscape Foundation recognized Bass Pro Shops commitment to the Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K. Kids) program, as well as their role in helping Kansas Wildscape being named the 2006 National Foundation of the Year by the National Associatio ... Read More

Tests conducted nationwide, in Kansas, reveal no current threat In 2006, tests on nearly 75,000 wild ducks, gulls, and other birds revealed no sign of dangerous H5N1 avian influenza -- commonly known as "bird flu" -- in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Although the tests revealed several samples of ... Read More

Young essayist can win guided hunt and new shotgun; essay deadline March 15
The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has invited young hunters to write a story and win a guided spring turkey hunt and a new turkey shotgun. This is the fifth year of this contest, and past winners have all harvested a gobb ... Read More

Event to be held March 15 in Topeka Sedimentation in federal reservoirs will be the focus of the 24th Annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference, Thursday, March 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. The conference is a forum for state agency, university, and organization representatives who study, plan, regulate, or have an intere ... Read More

National Wild Turkey Federation chapter event in sixth year The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will host the 6th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting clinic on Saturday, March 31, at Camp Alexander, located two miles east of Emporia. Anyone ... Read More

Hunting simulator has reached nearly 170,000 in six years Nearly 26,000 would-be hunters got some hands-on experience using the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' Laser-Shot Hunting Simulator in 2006. KDWP’s Hunter Education staff began using the system in 2001. A total of about 170,000 people have used this educational tool in six yea ... Read More

Techniques, forecasts, aquatic nuisance species to be covered at Hays, Salina events Catch more fish. It's likely that anglers who attend one of two events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in northcentral Kansas on March 7 and 8. Called “Fishing Information Nights,” the events will feature experts summarizing fis ... Read More