February 2008

Donations used to protect nongame species The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) Chickadee Checkoff Program has funded hundreds of projects for nongame wildlife through the years. Project costs range from $500 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most larger projects and current efforts use Checkoff funds to obtain matching fede ... Read More

Shotgun, other gear, two-day guided hunt go to essay winner; March 13 deadline
EMPORIA -- The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is challenging youngsters to write a story and win a two-day guided spring turkey hunt and a new turkey shotgun. In 500 words or less, entrants must explain why they choose to h ... Read More

Feb. 21-23 event focuses on role of trees in KansasWICHITA -- Six professional societies that promote the wise use and management of Kansas’ natural resources are sponsoring the first Kansas Natural Resources Conference (KNRC) at the Airport Hilton in Wichita on Feb. 21-23. The theme of the event is “Where Do Trees Belong in Kansas? The Role o ... Read More

Applications for three-day hunt due Feb. 29
PARSONS -- The Kansas Army Ammunition Plant will conduct a public drawing for a limited number of spring turkey hunters this year. The three-day hunt will be held April 11-13. All hunters must be at least 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course. Applications must be rece ... Read More

Gov. Sebelius recommends dedicated funding to support state parksPublic comments are invited at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) web log on a plan that would provide open admission to Kansas state parks. Currently, park visitors must purchase a daily or annual vehicle permit to enter the parks. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ recomme ... Read More

Stocking program allows opportunity to take rainbow trout Oct. 15-April 15The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) trout program creates a popular winter opportunity for anglers across the state. This stocking program provides fish at 27 sites across Kansas and affords fast action when other fishing can be slow. Rainbow trout, native ... Read More

Atlas includes maps of all public-access fishing areasAnglers looking forward to warmer weather will find welcome news in the 2008 Kansas Fishing Atlas, available for viewing and download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) website. Printed copies are also available from most KDWP offices and license vendors or phoning 620/ ... Read More

Prehistoric-looking animals migrating northward, now common in KansasThere’s a “new” animal on the block in Kansas, and a strange one at that. Nine-banded armadillos were first reported in the 1940s when northward migration from Texas and Mexico reached the Sunflower State. By the 1990s, armadillos were common, and they continue to expand north ... Read More

Walnut Valley Chapter of Quail Forever to hold first fundraising banquet Feb. 16Conservation leaders in Butler County have formed the state's seventh Quail Forever (QF) chapter. Known as the Walnut Valley Chapter of QF, the chapter is focused on improving quail habitat in an effort to reverse the downward trend in local quail populations.The Wa ... Read More

Trappers should make lot reservations before the auction dateThe Kansas Fur Harvesters Association (KFHA) will conduct a public auction Feb. 23 in Abilene. The auction will be held in Sterl Hall on the county fairgrounds. Lots are open for sellers for $10, and the fee must be sent in before the auction date. Leftover lot numbers, if any, will b ... Read More

Summary helps anglers mesh personal preferences with most promising fishing locations"Where can I find the best fishing this spring?" The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has the answer.Annually, KDWP prepares a forecast of fishing prospects in public waters throughout the state, an indispensable tool when planning fishi ... Read More

Registrations due by March 8 for Camp Alexander clinicThe Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct their 7th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic March 29th. The event will take place at Camp Alexander, near Emporia, from 9 a.m. to 2 ... Read More

Topeka to host 25th annual event to overview past progress, future challengesA quarter-century of progress and challenges for the future will be the focus of the 25th annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference Tuesday, March 25, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.The conference is a forum for state agency, university, and organization ... Read More

March 4 banquet marks 25 years of wildlife conservation projectsPreparations are underway for the Emporia Area Quail Unlimited Chapter’s (QU) Silver Anniversary Conservation Banquet, dedicated to area wildlife habitat creation and improvement. The banquet will be held March 4 at the Anderson Building on the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia. D ... Read More

Lab analysis reported on chronic wasting diseaseOBERLIN -- Tissue samples from deer collected earlier this month in Decatur County all have tested negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD), reports the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. After three deer taken by hunters in that area during the 2007 hunting season tested positive for th ... Read More

Angling prospects, as well as aquatic nuisance species, to be discussedWant to know where the really big fish are? Do you have that burning question about your favorite lake or a question about a fishing regulation that doesn’t make sense. If so, the place to be is the “Fishing Information Night” at Sanders Hall Auditorium, Neosho County Commun ... Read More

Permit good for six paddlefish; reduced fee for youth 15 and youngerThe Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15. Once rivers rise, paddlefish enter the state in search of spawning areas, when water temperatures approach 60 degrees. This usually occurs shortly before or after the March 15 opener, when paddlefish may be t ... Read More

Kansas to receive approximately $11 million for 2008 conservation projectsU.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has announced the distribution of more than $700 million to 56 state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation efforts, boat access, shooting ranges, and hunter education. Kempthorne ma ... Read More