KDWP not receiving applications; deadline Jan. 4PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that conservation organizations need to apply for Commission Big Game permits soon if they hope to take advantage of this fund-raising tool. Commission Big Game permits are available for qualified conservation organizations, ... Read More

New book on wetland birds perfect gift for birdersPRATT — A new book is now available to birders and visitors of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, near Great Bend. The Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms has been a work in progress for several years for author Robert L. Penner II, Cheyenne Bottoms and Avian Programs Manager for The Nature Conservancy of K ... Read More

Frozen lakes lure ice fishermen, but caution is urgedPRATT — Brutally frigid December temperatures have most Kansans huddled around the fireplace, but avid anglers are more likely to be found in the garage tuning up an ice-fishing sled. Single digit nighttime temperatures and daytime highs below freezing have left many lakes and reservoirs froz ... Read More

Depression-era movement by hunters to tax themselves led the wayPRATT — To the modern outdoorsman or woman, the absence of abundant game and fish species such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Canada geese, largemouth bass, walleye, and others is incomprehensible. There was a time, however, when these species were hard, if not impossible, to ... Read More