July 2007

The recent heavy rains in southeast Kansas have pushed several reservoirs to the limit of their flood-control capacities. All of Elk City and portions of Fall River and Cross Timbers state parks are closed until further notice. At Hillsdale, some utility sites are closed, as are the courtesy docks and the personal watercraft launch site. Secti ... Read More

Applications available online;
Whitetail Either Sex permits on sale now
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds resident hunters that 2007 Firearms Any Deer permit applications are due July 13. Any Deer permits allow the take of a mule deer or white-tailed deer of either sex. All other resident deer permits and game ... Read More

Public voting underway to choose from 24 Kansas attractionsSCOTT CITY -- Scott State Park and Cheyenne Bottoms, two popular attractions managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), have something in common. They’re among 24 finalists for the Eight Wonders of Kansas.
The http://www.kansassampler.org/ launched a project to fi ... Read More

Anyone evacuated from or not allowed into a flooded Kansas state park can obtain a credit voucher for camping or reservation fees paid that can be used at any other Kansas state park as space allows. Persons affected should contact the originating state park for the credit voucher and a list of Kansas state parks with space available. Persons ... Read More

Nonresident draw results available now; resident Any-Deer in mid-August, antelope results in late July The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reminds big game permit applicants that they can view the results of drawings online at the KDWP website. Results of the nonresident deer permit drawing were posted online July 3. Results o ... Read More

Staff hope to have area repaired in time for waterfowl season Heavy rainfall in southeast Kansas in early July caused the Neosho River and its tributaries to overflow and breach levees that normally keep the river out of the Neosho Wildlife Area, a popular waterfowl hunting spot just east of St. Paul. Extensive flooding and considerable dama ... Read More

Open for reservation year-round, cabins are comfortable accommodationsfor anglers and huntersThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced the opening of two new rental cabins, one at Ottawa State Fishing Lake and the other at Mined Land Wildlife Area's Trout Pit 30.Ottawa offers one modern rental cabin set apart in a native ... Read More

Basic wingshooting, duck identification, calling techniques among skills youth 10 through 16 will be taught The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a Youth Waterfowl Day on August 4 at Scott State Park. Events will introduce young hunters to the skills and equipment necessary to hunt ducks and geese. Activities will begin at ... Read More

Ranchers, farmers, and rangeland specialists offer conservation advice Two seminars entitled “Principles of Rangeland Management: Grass and Animal Ecology in Kansas" will provide interested ranchers, landowners, land managers, and others hands-on experience and a chance to learn conservation techniques from other ranchers and land manag ... Read More

Litter, fishing violations prompt closure The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Reservoir will be temporarily closing the outlet area below lake's dam on Friday, July 13. An increasing amount of litter, trash and various fishing violations after high lake releases in the outlet area has prompted this temporary closure of the stilling b ... Read More

Classes run Tuesday evenings in Pratt and Kansas City The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will offer wingshooting classes throughout the month of August. The classes will run 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday evening and will include both basic and advanced teaching. Shooting will be done at the Pratt Gun Club, north of Pratt Com ... Read More

Canvasbacks, redheads, and northern shovelers break traditional survey records Preliminary results from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Canadian Wildlife Service's Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey indicate a breeding duck population estimate of more than 41 million birds in the northcentral United States and so ... Read More

Kansas chapters draw two Commission permits; proceeds of auction aid Wildlife and Parks Each year, Kansas Wildlife and Park commissioners draw seven Commission Deer and Elk permits from a pool of non-profit organization applications. These permits are available only to organizations that actively promote wildlife conservation and the hunti ... Read More

Seven-member Wildlife and Parks Commission advises department Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has reappointed three members of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission. Kelly Johnston, Wichita; Doug Sebelius, Norton; and Shari Wilson, Kansas City, were reappointed for four-year terms. The seven-member commission works with the Kansas Department of Wi ... Read More

Fair-goers will be able to sample everything from fish, fowl, and small game Wyandotte County Fair event planners have a special treat for fair-goers this year -- a wild game cook-off. The fair will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at the Woodlands Race Track, 9700 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City. The event, co-sponsored by Cabela's, will include thre ... Read More

Women-only event will feature competition for best creels of Kansas sportfish On Aug. 11, the Milford Lake Walleye Club will sponsor the Women's 7th Annual Fishing Tournament at Milford Reservoir, near Junction City. Two-woman teams (with a boat driver, if desired) will hit the lake at 7 a.m. and fish until 2 p.m. Anglers will compete in fiv ... Read More

First deadline for limited hunt drawings is Aug. 17 Each year, Kansas hunters have a special opportunity to hunt on the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant's 13,727 acres with little competition from other hunters. The area, located in southeast Kansas 2 miles east of Parsons, is prime wildlife habitat, and the plant holds drawings for a limited nu ... Read More

Kansas becomes 18th state to document virus Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) fisheries staff have confirmed the presence of largemouth bass virus (LMBV) at Crawford State Fishing Lake in southeast Kansas. Testing of bass from the lake was conducted in response to recent declines in Crawford bass populations.
KDWP staff have be ... Read More

Archery, mud volleyball, minnow races, outdoor cook-off to highlight event The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Lovewell Lake Association, and Lovewell Marina at Lovewell State Park are sponsoring the annual Lovewell Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 4. Events begin with registration for a 3-D archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., ... Read More

Part of the Extreme Outdoor Water Festival, race will offer fun for all ages Are cardboard boats seaworthy? The question will be answered Aug. 18th at the Extreme Outdoor Water Festival at Milford State Park. Activities will take place at the South Boat ramp from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and include a triathlon, games for kids, courtesy boat ins ... Read More

Anglers can help control spread of undesirable, non-native fish species The invasion continues. White perch, a fish species native to the Atlantic coast of North America, now inhabit the waters of Lake Afton in Sedgwick County. KDWP fisheries biologist Jessica Mounts said an angler recently reported finding white perch at the 260-acre lake l ... Read More