January 2007

KDWP and Kansas Legislature websites offer up-to-date reports The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website is the place to go for the latest news on KDWP-related bills in the 2007 Kansas Legislature. Department staff regularly update information on bills under consideration in the legislature, to provide current reports on legislation ... Read More

KDWP survey seeks angler input to improve fishing Could the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) have convinced you to fish more in 2006? Could KDWP programs have made your experience more positive? Whether the answers are yes or no, the agency wants to know what anglers think about this and a wide range of other fishing-related to ... Read More

Upland opportunities still abundant through month's end Many avid Kansas upland bird hunters take advantage of light hunting pressure and colder weather to pursue their favorite game in January. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds quail hunters that this year, the last day of the statewide quail season is Sunday, Jan ... Read More

Seven Kansas organizations named recipients of fund-raising permits Seven Kansas conservation organizations were each awarded a 2007 Commission Big Game Permit in a drawing conducted at the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commmission meeting Jan. 11 in Winfield. A total of 119 organizations submitted applictaions for the seven available permits. ... Read More

Regulation prohibiting possession of live white perch effective Feb. 15 White perch have been added to the list of live species illegal to import, possess or release in Kansas waters. At their Jan. 11 meeting in Winfield, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved addition of white perch to the list of prohibited species. White perch ... Read More

Data show overall decrease in river and stream contaminants The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) have issued fish consumption advisories for 2007. The advisories identify species of fish that should be eaten in limited quantities, or in some cases, avoided altogether be ... Read More

Counting backyard birds doubles the pleasure of winter activity Thousands of Kansans enjoy watching birds at backyard feeders, and this month, they can enjoy it even more. As snow, rain, and frigid winter temperatures entice finches, cardinals, juncos, woodpeckers, and a variety of other birds to backyard bird feeders across Kansas, birders ... Read More

Great duck hunting still ahead; goose seasons extend into February January. Absolutely the best time to hunt waterfowl. While this statement may be up for debate, many waterfowl hunters take it as gospel because late-migrating mallards often touch down in Kansas at this time. When shallow waters freeze, mallards concentrate on rivers and res ... Read More

Deer recommendations presented to Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission; next step, Kansas Legislature In January 2007, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Deer Task Force presented the Kansas Legislature draft recommendations to simplify and condense deer-related statutes. The recommendations also addressed many other deer permitting ... Read More

KDWP natural resource officer captures well-traveled animal in Barton County A lynx that had spent the last few weeks of 2006 wandering much of western Kansas has been returned to its southwestern Colorado home range. The lynx was sighted Nov. 22 at Smoky Valley Ranch, a Nature Conservancy property located in Logan County, by Charlie Lee, ex ... Read More

Program supports government/landowner projects to enhance habitat; Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will have $667,000 available for landowners The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced nearly $19 million in competitive funding for fish and wildlife agencies in 37 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Bus ... Read More

Once nearly extirpated from the state, Kansas boasts a healthy bald eagle population Each winter, bald eagles migrate into Kansas, providing bird watchers the chance to observe one of the nation's most spectacular birds. To improve opportunities to view the U.S. national symbol, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) -- in cooper ... Read More

Regulations to be set on general sportfish length and creel limits, prohibition of white perch The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing at Southwestern College, Wroten Hall in Winfield on Thursday, Jan. 11. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m ... Read More