Improved course offers access from KDWPT’s websitePRATT — For several years, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Hunter Education Program has offered a two-part alternative to the all-classroom hunter education course, called an “Internet-assisted” course. The course has used the International Hunter Education Associat ... Read More

Western Kansas has one of strongest breeding populations in history; breeding season drought may offset good newsPRATT — Following the outstanding 2010-2011 pheasant season, spring surveys revealed good pheasant populations going into the 2011 nesting season. From April 25-May 15, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) co ... Read More

Prairie breeding grounds soakedPRATT — Duck hunters will find plenty to cheer about in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) annual breeding population and habitat survey, released in early July. Conducted each May by USFWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service, this year’s survey reveals the second-highest pond count and a record 45.6 mil ... Read More

Postponed earlier because of high water, event now good to goGLEN ELDER — Due to high water levels at Glen Elder Reservoir, the 7th Annual Glen Elder Youth Fishing Tournament, originally scheduled for June 4, was postponed until July 23. While the Marina boat ramp will be closed, the Osage, Granite Creek, Walnut Creek, Schoen’s Cove, and North ... Read More

16th annual event offers team prizes and plenty of funWEBBER — The 16th annual Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest at Lovewell State Park, near Webber, is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, at the Southwinds Beach area of the state park. Teams comprising as many as five people can register at the state park office from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.Sand cast ... Read More

“Kawnivore 100” challenge runs 94 miles of Kansas RiverMANHATTAN — Ever heard of the legendary canoe race on the Kansas River (commonly called the “Kaw”) from Manhattan to Lawrence? Called the “Kawnivore 100," the race offers a challenge to intrepid river runners, as well as hospitality along the way, a one-quarter moon for light, a fanta ... Read More