Leoti resident Dean Wiegers receives 2009 statewide awardPRATT — With a record low number of hunting accidents in 2009, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff are celebrating. So are volunteer hunter education instructors. In a timely announcement, the volunteer Hunter Education Advisory Committee to KDWP's Hunter Education Progr ... Read More

Youth, youth-mentor, open hunts available on 4,775 acres of private land, four public areas; application deadline March 19PRATT — To enhance the 2010 spring turkey hunting experience, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is joining with private landowners to offer special spring turkey hunts. Special hunts will be offered in 12 c ... Read More

Hunts designed for youth who have never harvested a turkeyPRATT — April 1-18, the Westar Energy Green Team will guide youth who have never harvested a turkey at its Jeffrey Energy Center, about 45 minutes northwest of Topeka. Assisted by experienced volunteer guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters 12-17 years old will hun ... Read More

Anglers should be aware of new rules, areas openPRATT — The Kansas paddlefish season begins March 15 and runs through May 15. Paddlefish begin the annual spawning run when water temperatures reach 60 degrees, and some snagging areas, such as Chetopa, require a rise in the river level for paddlefish to be present. This usually occurs shortly be ... Read More