August 2008

2008 waterfowl seasons to be similar to last year’sThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s waterfowl hunting season frameworks allowed a liberal hunting package for the upcoming 2008-2009 seasons. These frameworks allow 74 days of duck hunting in the Low Plains Zone and 97 days in the High Plains. While surveys indicated that habitat conditions on ... Read More

Initial results indicate animal possibly wild; ongoing tests attempt to identify specific origin EMPORIA -- In March, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) obtained the pelt of a mountain lion that reportedly had been killed in Barber County in November of 2007. At the time, agency staff could not determine if the animal was wild ... Read More

Course required for those born on or after July 1, 1957
FREDONIA -- Wilson County hunter education instructors will conduct a hunter education class on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Wilson County Courthouse basement, 615 Madison St. in Fredonia.
Students should bring a sack lunch for ... Read More

El Dorado couple has been a force behind event since its inception EL DORADO -- The Kansas Governor’s Annual One Shot Turkey Hunt board of directors has announced the retirement of event coordinator and president, Marv McCown, and treasurer Judy McCown. Marv has served in the capacity of coordinator since the inception of this event in 1986. H ... Read More

Atlas locates all Walk-In, public access land in KansasThe 2008 Kansas Hunting Atlas, which includes maps showing locations of Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) and other public hunting areas, is now available online at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website. Printed copies of the atlas are available at KDWP offices and hunting ... Read More

Four species may now be taken Sept. 1-Oct. 14 and Nov. 1-16; exotic species season runs Nov. 20-Feb. 28,2009; hunters asked to report banded dovesWhen mid-August rolls around, Kansas hunters begin to get anxious; it's time to stock up on shotgun shells and shoot clay targets in preparation for the opening of dove season Sept. 1.This year, hunte ... Read More

Free Park Entrance Days add savings to fun and games The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is hosting OK Kids Day on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, at Tuttle Creek State Park's River Pond area. This is the perfect opportunity to get kids off the couch and outdoors for two days of fun and games, and the activities are free.In fact, the w ... Read More

Resident Elk, Firearm Either-Species/Either-Sex Deer, Firearm Antelope permit results viewable on webKansas residents who applied for Elk, Antelope, or Firearm Either-Species/Either-Sex Deer permits may now view the results at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website. To check the status of a permit application, go here.All ot ... Read More

Printed copies available in September; new format, regulation changesPrinted copies of the 2008 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary will be available at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offices and license vendors around the state soon, but hunters can view or download the summary now from the KDWP website.This ... Read More

Classes filling fast for popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programThe Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program is designed to provide women a chance to learn about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation in a friendly, supportive environment. During a three-day workshop at Rock Springs 4-H ... Read More

Study to focus on dynamics of turkey movement; daily hunt permits required on Cedar Bluff, Lovewell, and Webster wildlife areasThrough a cooperative agreement with the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), a three-year study is being conducted at Cedar Bluff, Lovewell, and Webster wildlife areas ... Read More

Great Plains Nature Center publication features work of K-8th grades studentsThe votes are in, the judging complete, and the final design and layout completed for the Great Plains Nature Center's (GNPC) second "Kansas Critters" book. On Saturday, Aug. 23, GNPC will honor the 223 young artists and authors grades K-8 whose 238 art and t ... Read More

Classic guide to native grasses and plants enhanced and updatedFort Hays State University (FHSU) has announced the Second Edition of Pasture and Range Plants, a classic guide to plant life in the North American Plains ecosystem. This invaluable guide has been completely revised by the FHSU Alumni Association, custodians of the book, and Dr. Rob ... Read More

Partners commit to five-year planPrior to late 2007, a black-footed ferret had not been documented in Kansas since 1957. Last December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in cooperation with local landowners and The Nature Conservancy, released 24 captive-reared ferrets on three private ranches in Logan County. Several organizations – ... Read More

Sunflowers, other crops planted especially for dove seasonTo enhance dove hunting opportunity, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has managed a number of fields on wildlife areas specifically to attract doves. Management techniques include standing or mowed sunflowers, unharvested strips of wheat and burned crop stubble, mowed wheat, m ... Read More

KDWP cautionary video describes incidentLast December, 18-year-old Beau Arndt, Americus, was shot and killed in a layout blind among a large spread of goose decoys. The lethal rifle shot was fired from a road 150 yards away, and a jury decided Theron Kent, Topeka, was responsible. The incident has resulted in the state's first conviction for a ... Read More

Tuttle Creek youth/disabled deer hunt in its sixth yearThe Riley County Fish and Game Association, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), and the Tuttle Creek Lake Corps of Engineers are seeking participants for the 6th Annual Tuttle Creek Youth/Disabled Deer Hunt, which will be held Sept. 13-14. Youth 16 years old and younger and ... Read More

First two weeks of season reserved for youth and those who have not had a license in three yearsFall hunting begins on Sept. 1 when dove season opens, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks managers at Brzon and Jamestown wildlife areas, near Concordia, have planted fields to attract doves. For the opening two weeks of the season, portion ... Read More

Topeka native honored for leadership in habitat conservationKeith Kerns, of the Kaw Valley Quail Unlimited (QU) Chapter in Topeka, was recently recognized as the QU Central Plains Region “Golden Quail” award winner during the QU National Convention in Springfield, Mo. The award is presented by QU Central Plains Regional Director Bob Peterson to ... Read More

Events emphasize compatibility of grazing and wildlife conservationThe Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition (KGLC) will provide two one-day workshops entitled Tracking Pasture Health on Sept. 22 at the Ted Alexander ranch, near Sun City, and Sept. 29 at the Calvin Adams ranch, south of Beloit. Led by Charley Orchard, Land EKG of Bozeman, Mont., the w ... Read More