Guidelines focus on species in greatest need of conservation; public input deadline July 1PRATT — The State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program has provided funding for wildlife conservation programs for more than 10 years. In Kansas, this has meant nearly $10 million for many kinds of projects designed to keep species off threatened and endangered ... Read More

Handfishing open only in specific watersPRATT — The Kansas flathead catfish handfishing season opens June 15, providing thrills and plenty of great table fare for those hearty souls who anticipate this unique adventure. The season runs June 15-Aug. 31, a time when those of strong nerve may catch flathead catfish using nothing but their hands a ... Read More

Event coincides with statewide Free Fishing Days, June 4-5; $200 bond prize at stakeWEBBER — Free Fishing Days for the state of Kansas are set for Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. Fishing licenses are not required to fish any Kansas waters for these two days, and Lovewell State Park is taking advantage of this opportunity to conduct their annual ... Read More

Blue-green algae blooms of particular concern as weather warmsTOPEKA — As summer heat warms ponds, lakes, and reservoirs, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reminding water recreationists to be on the lookout for algae blooms. At this time of year, more Kansans spend time in the water, and the agency is asking for help a ... Read More

Proclamation highlights benefits of outdoor recreationTOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback wants Kansans to get out and have some fun this summer. To this end, Brownback recently proclaimed June “Great Outdoors Month.” His proclamation reads as follows:“WHEREAS, Kansas citizens have a proud tradition of both safeguarding the environment and enjoying th ... Read More