March 2009

Fundraiser will offer a "Gun-a-Week Drawing" throughout 2009Too many kids are spending too little time outdoors. That's an issue that Pass It On-Outdoor Mentors would like to change. The Wichita-based organization works to find mentors for children who want outdoor experiences. Teaming with youth mentoring organizations such as Big Br ... Read More

Kansas to receive more than $11 million for 2009 conservation projectsU.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the distribution of more than $740 million to 56 state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation efforts, boat access, shooting ranges, and hunter education. The funding is made a ... Read More

Public invited to all sessions of meeting at Dillon House, 404 SW 9thThe Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission invites all interested persons to attend a commission meeting on Thursday, March 12, at the Dillon House, 404 SW 9th in Topeka.The afternoon session will begin at 2 p.m. Discussion topics in the afternoon session will include the follow ... Read More

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks launched a new daily video program March 2 called Kansas Outdoors Today. Kansas outdoor news and resource information will be covered in all aspects by short, news-style video clips on the Kansas Wildlife and Parks website,

The program, which features a new two-to-three minute vid ... Read More

Publication shows all land open to spring turkey huntingPRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that the 2009 Kansas Spring Turkey Atlas is now available for viewing and download on the agency's website, From the home page, click Hunting/Turkey/Spring Turkey Atlas to view access to all la ... Read More

Edwardsville resident Steven Taylor receives 2009 statewide awardPRATT -- The Advisory Committee to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Hunter Education Program has named Steven Taylor, Edwardsville, the 2009 Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. An active instructor for 27 years, Taylor has organized and taught in classes in ... Read More

Permit good for six paddlefish; reduced fee for youth 15 and youngerPRATT -- The 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 ... Read More

State income tax return box helps conserve all wildlifeVoluntary contributions by Kansas state income taxpayers have supported a variety of important wildlife programs during the nearly 30 years of the Chickadee Checkoff Program's existence.Since 1981, the Chickadee Checkoff Program has been at the forefront of endangered species protection, ha ... Read More

Online bibliography aids fish and wildlife professionals, landownersWith approximately 97 percent of Kansas land in private ownership, Sunflower State wildlife depend on landowners for survival. Most landowners enjoy wildlife on their property, and many would like to know more about how to make their land more productive for fish and wildlife w ... Read More

Mentored hunts designed for youth who have never hunted a turkeyOn the weekends of April 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, the Westar Energy Green Team will guide youth who have never harvested a turkey at its Jeffrey Energy Center west of Topeka. Assisted by experienced volunteer guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters will hunt acco ... Read More

USD 468 Hunter Education in Our Schools students experience live fireHealy USD 468 is among the growing number of Kansas middle schools to include the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) Hunter Education In Our Schools program. Available at no cost to schools, the optional course offers participating students the opportunity to obta ... Read More

Trash, altercations, vandalism among reasons citedFollowing a trend that goes back several years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has banned all alcohol -- including 3.2 percent malt beverages -- from state fishing lakes in many parts of the state. Intoxicated drivers, trash, vandalism, fights, and rowdy parties that disturb ... Read More

Park users can save by purchasing permits before April 1Visitors to Kansas state parks can save money by purchasing many permits before the prime park season begins on April 1. Permits purchased in the off-season -- Oct. 1-March 31 -- are valid for the remainder of the calendar year, and they are cheaper if purchased during this period.For 2009 ... Read More

CWD-positive deer reported from 2,693 samples collected by KDWPPRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has reported 10 chronic wasting disease (CWD) cases from among almost 2,700 deer tissue samples collected and submitted for lab analysis by KDWP in recent months. Eight of the CWD-positive deer tissue samples had been repor ... Read More

Event takes place March 31 at Valentino’s in SenecaSENECA -- The Nemaha County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will conduct a game habitat seminar at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at Valentino’s South Room in Seneca. After the audience is settled in with free beverages and snacks, Pheasants Forever Senior Field Coordinator Pete Berthelsen of Elba, Neb., will ... Read More

Seminar presentations and playa lakes tour included in eventCOLBY -- The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc. (KAWS), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV), and the Waconda Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) will of ... Read More

Limited to 35 women, participants must pre-register as soon as possibleCHANUTE -- On May 30, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Lil Toledo Lodge, the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association, and the Kansas State Rifle Association, the Women of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Kansas Bow Hunter Association will join forces to ... Read More