No fishing license required; time to explore a great sportPRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced Free Fishing Days -- one of the best outdoor entertainment bargains in the state. On June 2 and 3, anglers of all ages may fish without a fishing license.This is the ideal time to introduce youngsters to a healthy ... Read More

Draft plan, public comment form available onlinePRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) invites public review and comment on a draft plan to guide future management of catfish in the state’s waters. Interested persons can download and view the plan online, as well submit comments, at the KDWP Blog. The plan is being develop ... Read More

Application deadline is June 8 for firearms, muzzleloader permitsPRATT -- Applications for permits to hunt antelope in 2007 are being mailed to last year’s applicants. Applications are also available on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website,, and for the first time, applications may be filed online.The applic ... Read More

Surveys help monitor health of waters statewidePRATT -- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) stream survey crews will survey streams and rivers throughout Kansas this summer, adding information to a database that helps assess and monitor the overall conditions of these waterways.Two five-man crews, led by stream biologists Ryan Water ... Read More

Special events, free park entrance days to be held at many parksPRATT -- Each month, Kansas state parks (SP) 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 th ... Read More

Lone young wildlife usually have an unseen mother watching nearby PRATT -- Every spring and early summer, hundreds of “orphaned” wild animals are picked up when they would do perfectly well left alone. In most cases, the intended “rescue” results in a death sentence. If the animal does end up in the hands of a professional wildlife rehabilit ... Read More