June 2009

Limited season open on portions of Kansas and Arkansas riversNow in its third year, the Kansas handfishing season runs June 15-Aug. 31, and adventurous river anglers are looking forward to the opportunity to take flathead catfish using this unconventional method. Although such anglers may be few, the season offers a special opportunity for outd ... Read More

Heartland Tree Alliance workshops designed to make planting efforts successfulIt’s not too late to register for this summer’s Tree Keepers Workshops, offered by the Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA). These workshops include nearly everything a person needs to know for successful tree planting, from the backyard to large rural plantings.The event in ... Read More

Hot weather finally hits Kansas, lures visitors to state parksWarm summer weather swept across the Sunflower State over Memorial Day weekend, luring Kansans out of the house and onto the water to beat the heat and soak up the sun. As warm weather continues, so do park activities, with a host of special events on tap for the first month of summe ... Read More

Clinics held at Milford and Lovewell reservoirs celebrate June 6-7 Free Fishing DaysThe 21st annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic & Derby will be held on June 6 at Milford Reservoir in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Outlet Park (Gathering Pond) at Shelter #11, located below the lake's dam. This clinic/derby is associated with the 2009 Kansas Wildscape ... Read More

Garden City native to serve second termGovernor Mark Parkinson has reappointed Debra Bolton, Garden City, to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission. Bolton was originally appointed to the commission by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in April of 2007.Bolton, an extension specialist with K-State Research and Extension, has been a southwest K ... Read More

Trappers take time to improve campsites, paint worn signs and sheltersMembers of the Kansas District #3 Furharvesters held their annual workday and meeting on June 5-7 at Jewell State Fishing Lake (SFL). The group poured eight concrete slabs Saturday for campfire rings and stained signs and shelters. The concrete slabs will make it easier for c ... Read More

Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter to hold 14th annual fundraiser in EmporiaThe Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will conduct its 14th Annual Hunting Heritage and Superfund Banquet/Auction on Saturday, June 20, at the American Legion Post No. 5, 2921 W. 12th Ave. in Emporia. This annual fundraiser supports th ... Read More

Second Kansan to make substantial donation to Pheasants Forever's Grassroots Conservation Campaign Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) have announced a $1 million pledge from Duayne Madl, 59, of Lake Quivira, to PF's Grassroots Conservation Campaign. A Patron Member of PF and a QF member, Madl made the generous financial commitment be ... Read More

Kansas Wildscape Foundation raises funds for inmate-built cabinsOn June 12, the Kansas Wildscape Foundation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will host a cabin dedication ceremony for two new Wildscape-funded rental cabins at Milford State Park, near Junction City. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., following Wildscape's go ... Read More

Pratt's Annual Fishing Derby heads up a busy weekend in the State of KansasPratt – We're getting to the heart of summer and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has plenty of fun outdoor activities for you to attend around the state. The weekend of June 13th is no exception and it is packed full of fishing derbies, OK Kids days, and more. Be ... Read More

TOPEKA -- On June 25, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing at the Morris County 4-H Building, 521 E. Highway 56 in Council Grove. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m. The evening public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend all sessions of the mee ... Read More