Monday, April 30, 2012


Seasons set for antelope, elk
WICHITA — The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita on Thursday, April 26. During the Public Hearing portion of the meeting, the commission approved recommended changes to the management units for fall turkey hunting season. The recommendation adds two units for a total of six, and will allow biologists to adapt hunting regulations and bag limits to better manage the state’s turkey populations.
In other action, the commission approved recommendations for the season dates and permit allocations for the 2012 antelope seasons. Archery season for antelope is Sept. 22-30, and Oct. 15-31. Archery permits are sold over-the-counter to residents and nonresidents, and all antelope management units are open to archery hunting.
The muzzleloader-only antelope season is set for Oct. 1-8, and is open to residents only. Twenty-six muzzleloader-only permits are authorized for Unit 2; 12 permits are authorized for Unit 17; and eight permits are authorized for Unit 18.
The 2012 firearm antelope season is set for Oct. 5-8 and is open to residents only. One hundred firearm antelope permits are authorized for Unit 2; 40 are authorized for Unit 17; and 10 are authorized for Unit 18.
The application period for resident antelope muzzleloader and firearm permits is May 8-June 8. All applications must be submitted online through the KDWPT website,
In final public hearing action, commissioners approved recommendations for the 2012-2013 elk hunting season. Archery season: Unit 3 (statewide except Fort Riley and Morton County) — Sept. 17-Dec. 31; Unit 2a (Fort Riley) — Sept. 1-30. Firearm Season: Unit 3 — Nov. 28-Dec. 9, and Jan. 1, 2013-March 15, 2013; Unit 2a, either-sex holders — Oct. 1-Dec. 31; antlerless-only permit holders – Oct. 1-31, Nov. 1-30 and Dec. 1-31 (one-third of the permits valid in each season segment). Muzzleloader season: Unit 2 and Unit 3 – Sept. 1-30.
Ten either-sex elk permits and 15 antlerless-only elk permits are authorized for Unit 2. Only residents are eligible for elk permits, and applications for limited-quota permits must be submitted online by July 13, 2012. An unlimited number of antlerless-only and either-sex hunt-own-land permits are authorized for Units 2 and 3. An unlimited number of the antlerless-only and either-sex elk permits are authorized for Unit 3.
The KDWPT Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for June 21 in Kansas City.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


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Dioramas, wildlife displays, educational events lure outdoor enthusiasts
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) operates five nature centers across the state, each offering great outdoor education experiences for visitors of all ages. On your next outdoor outing, take advantage of one of these or other nature centers. Information on KDWPT nature centers may be found online at, and those operated by other entities may be found at, including center details, events, and other wildlife links.
Learn more about the wildlife and ecology of outdoor Kansas, and enjoy the next camping, hunting, fishing, or birdwatching trip all the more, buy visiting a KDWPT nature center this spring or summer.
Great Plains Nature Center — 6232 E 29th Street North, Wichita, KS 67220, phone 316-683-5499
The Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) is operated and maintained jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and the Wichita Department of Park and Recreation. All three entities share the common goal of providing recreational, interpretive, and environmental education opportunities to the public. This nature center is an exciting place to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and habitats of the Great Plains.
Nature-related programs are offered quarterly. These are advertised on the nature center’s website,, and in the newsletter Prairie Reflections.
GPNC’s biggest event of the year takes place the second Saturday in June. Walk With Wildlife, entering its third decade, provides a glimpse of native Kansas wildlife to approximately 1,500 visitors annually and includes a fishing clinic for kids 12 and younger.
Other opportunities include wildlife programs, field trips, discovery boxes, adult workshops, junior naturalist classes, scout programs, and nature hikes.
Kansas Wetlands Education Center — 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS 67530, phone 620-786-7456 or 1-877-243-9268
Operated by Fort Hays State University as an annex of the college’s Sternberg Museum on KDWPT land, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) includes a 2,000 square-foot exhibit gallery, classroom, auditorium, and gift store. A handicapped-accessible ½-mile nature trail displays grasslands, marshes, and woodlands. A vast expanse of windows allows visitors to comfortably view wildlife on the wetland.
From a spiny soft-shell turtle to grasshopper mice, visitors can view some of the lesser known inhabitants of Cheyenne Bottoms in the KWEC classroom. Children can discover the feel of animal furs, snake skins, and feathers; match animals to their tracks; and make their own track stencil or rubbing.
Combine a visit with a drive through the 19,857-acre Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and The Nature Conservancy’s 7,600-acre reserve. The largest interior wetland in the United States, Cheyenne Bottoms is one of only 22 U.S. “Wetlands of International Importance,” where more than 330 bird species have been observed.
Milford Nature Center — 3415 Hatchery Dr., Junction City, KS 66441, phone 785-238-5323
Located near beautiful Milford Reservoir in the Flint Hills, the Milford Nature Center offers visitors a better understanding of the natural communities of Kansas. Visitors can see and touch native animal furs, print their own animals tracks, and use their sense of touch to identify natural mystery items. Dioramas line the halls, depicting an aquatic system with more than 300 life-like fish, turtles, snakes, and insects and a terrestrial system showcasing wildlife from the prairies, marshes, and woods.
Live animal exhibits feature snakes, amphibians, turtles, lizards, prairie dogs, and more. A large bird of prey exhibit outside the building features many native raptors, including both bald eagle and golden eagle. Adjacent to the raptor cages is the bobcat display. Nature trails, a birdwatching wall, and a backyard habitat area can also be enjoyed on the center's grounds. The educational sites housed in these areas demonstrate how to attract birds, butterflies, and other animals to your backyard. The Butterfly House Exhibit is open from late May through early October (weather and butterflies permitting).
The Nature Playground has quickly become a favorite among visitors. This playground gives kids a chance to slide through the belly of a snake or jump on the back of a spider. A picnic shelter can be found next to the playground area and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Milford Fish Hatchery is adjacent to the nature center, and visitors are welcome to walk around the outside raceways during their visit. Hatchery tours are offered on weekends at 1 p.m. or by appointment.
Prairie Center — 26235 West 135th Street, Olathe, KS 66061, phone 913-856-7669
Just five minutes from downtown Olathe, the Prairie Center is a 300-acre tallgrass preserve and education site with trails winding through remnant and reestablished prairie and riparian woodlands. Most of the eight ponds on the property serve as intermittent wetlands for wildlife. There is a small lake for fishing and water studies. Visitors can explore a bedrock creek provides for aquatic life and a look back in time through the fossil remains embedded in the limestone creek bed. In mid-summer, native grasses grow taller than a living room ceiling.
The primary goal of the Prairie Center is to serve as a preserve for local flora and fauna. There are no public buildings, and public access is restricted to trails and a few gathering areas. No horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles are allowed, and dogs must be on leashes. Pit toilets and an archery range are available. The Prairie Center is open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week for trail walking or fishing in the lake.
The center also provides educational opportunities for the public. Most of the programs are educator-led, with supplies provided by the Prairie Center. One such opportunity is Stations Programming, where students rotate through 10 stations with specific studies such as mammals, soil, water quality, macro-invertebrate exploration, birds, and reptiles and amphibians. Other educational programming is also available. The center will help tailor a program to fit your needs.
Pratt Education Center — 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124, phone 620-672-5911
Numerous displays, dioramas, and exhibits provide close encounters with the native birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles of Kansas. The center’s winter diorama provides a glimpse at how wildlife deals with the snow and cold of Kansas winters. The grassland display depicts the three grasslands (short, mixed, and tall) of Kansas and wildlife common to each region, as well as a rare black-footed ferret mount. The raptor exhibit features owls, hawks, falcons, and kite mounts. The wetland wall depicts Cheyenne Bottoms, one of the five most important wetlands in North America.
The Aquarium Room contains 12 aquaria, ranging from 400 to 600 gallons and displaying fish species native to Kansas or that have been successfully introduced into Kansas. Wall panels feature the early history of the Pratt Hatchery and the catfish rearing program, along with a working model of the hatchery’s innovative incubating trough. More than 128 species of birds and their eggs are displayed in the Bird Room. Across from this room, visitors can enjoy duplicating the tracks of Kansas animals using the vinyl replica tracks. Numerous interactive exhibits test knowledge of Kansas wildlife.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


A few simple measurements can provide approximate age of birds
PRATT — The regular Kansas spring turkey season runs through May 31, and many hunters have already bagged a big gobbler. Proud hunters often compare the size of their birds, and this can lead to many friendly arguments. But another, less tangible question often puzzles turkey hunters: How old is that bird?
Many myths surround this subject. Some say that any bird over 20 pounds is at least three years old. Others say that a 9-inch beard is a sure sign that your turkey is at least 4 years old. Still others claim that a sharp spur 3/4-inch long indicates a three-year-old bird. What’s the truth?
Biologists with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism provide information that would seem to settle much of the debate about a turkey’s age. First of all, many things can affect the weight of a bird, so weight is not a factor. Spur and beard length, however, are important factors in determining a turkey’s age. Use the following rules of thumb to determine approximate age of your bird, keeping in mind that these are approximations for this region of the country and that habitat and other factors may affect these guidelines:
Spur Length = Age of Turkey
1/2 inch or less = 1 year (jake)
1/2-7/8 inch and blunt = 2 years
7/8-1 inch = 2+ years
1+ inch and sharp = 3+ years
1 ¼ + = 4 years
Beard Length = Age of Turkey
3-5 inches = 1 year
6-9 inches with amber tip = 2 years
10+ inches = 3+ years
To differentiate juvenile and adult birds from a distance, look at the tail fan while the bird is strutting. A bird with longer feathers in the middle or on the side of the fan is a juvenile while uniform length in tail feathers indicates an adult bird. With a harvested bird, you can distinguish adult from juvenile by examining the two outermost primary wing feathers — those longest feathers on the end of the wing. On adult birds, these two primaries will be rounded and have white barring extending to the very end. On juvenile birds, these feathers will be much more pointed and have no barring near the tip.
Of course, any tom turkey is a prize, and the opportunity to watch and hunt these fascinating birds is one of the most exciting outdoor activities of spring. The turkey season is long, running from early April through the end of May each year, so Kansas should offer the avid hunter many opportunities yet to come this spring.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Ducks Unlimited
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Outdoor events all day long, Ducks Unlimited banquet April 27
GREAT BEND — On Saturday, April 28, the city of Hoisington, in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited, will host the Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlanders Festival in downtown Hoisington. The festival focuses on celebrating the amazing ecosystem of the Cheyenne Bottoms region in central Kansas. The festival will offer a glimpse into the nature and activities around the Cheyenne Bottoms area through events and activities the whole family can participate in and enjoy.
The event will actually kick off on Friday, April 27, with a Ducks Unlimited Sportsman's Auction and Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hoisington. The public is invited to enjoy pulled pork barbecue or fish along with several side dishes. After dinner, participants will bid on silent and live auction items or purchase tickets for a special drawing. Items include guns, pictures, bronze sculpture, hunting gear, and more. Tickets are $35 for singles or $50 for couples and can be purchased at Manweiler Chevrolet in Hoisington. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour, and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Debit and credit cards will be accepted at the auction.
On Saturday, all-day events include a live observation bee hive, educational and art displays, wood carvers, a laser reality hunting game, a geocaching contest, retail vendors and independent distributors, and antler and pelt displays. Other events include the following:
  • 6:30 a.m. — 5K run;
  • 11 a.m. — chili dog feed;
  • 10 a.m. — Kansas Wetlands Educational Center’s Curtis Wolf, "Things That Go Bump in the Night";
  • 10 a.m. — kids archery skills;
  • 10 a.m. — pop-up coffee shop;
  • 10:30 a.m. — Dutch oven demonstration and free samples by Max Schroeder and Al Jirik;
  • 11 a.m. — Sternberg Museum educational program;
  • 11:30 a.m. — story time;
  • noon — coloring contest awards presentation;
  • noon — camouflage face painting;
  • 12:15 p.m. — kids fish casting contest;
  • 1 p.m. — kids crafts;
  • 2 p.m. — duck calling clinic by Brady Stoppel; and
  • 2 p.m. — kids games.
For more information, contact Kim Schneweis, 620-923-9592, email, or go online to

Monday, April 23, 2012


Some old ABU Garcia/Record Lures
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Tagged fish could be worth big bucks
TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will participate again this year in Cabela’s Wanna Go Fishing for Millions? promotion by tagging fish at certain public lakes around the state. The competition begins May 5, at which time the lakes will be announced to the general public. The contest gives anglers a a chance to win as much as $2 million in cash and more than $225,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes across 19 states. In 2011, 143 winning fish were caught nationwide, and Kansas anglers led the nation with 26 tagged fish caught.

Anglers are encouraged to register ahead of time beginning today. Cabela’s will release the list of participating lakes before the contest begins to those who pre-register by April 30. Only registered anglers may participate in the contest. In addition, anglers must comply with applicable Kansas fishing regulations, licensing, and permit requirements.
Cabela’s, Outdoor Channel, Wanna Go Fishing TV, and Geico are teaming up for this year’s contest. The premise is simple: catch specially tagged fish, and win prizes ranging from Cabela’s gift cards to boats to $2 million. Wanna Go Fishing for Millions? debuted in 2011. Registered anglers who catch a tagged fish will be directed to the contest website where they will find instructions on redeeming the tags for prizes.
One of the tagged fish could be worth $1 million. The grand prize will be doubled to $2 million for participants who are current users of the Cabela’s Fish Recon app or who download the Cabela’s Fish Recon app to their smartphone, sponsored by Geico. Other prizes include two Ranger 520Z Bass Series Comanche boats and trailers with Evinrude outboard motors, valued at $65,000 each, as well as more than $20,000 in gear from Costa sunglasses, Abu Garcia, and Rapala.
All rules and requirements, as well as contest details and registration information, can be found at the contest website,, or by visiting the KDWPT website at and clicking on the contest logo.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Female Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) take...
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Fifteen youth participated, taking nine birds
COUNCIL GROVE — On April 7, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) conducted the 12th Annual Council Grove Spring Turkey Hunt. A rainy spring morning did not hamper 15 eager area youngsters the morning of the hunt, and by day’s end, all the participants were fortunate to see or hear wild turkeys. Eight of the participants harvested a turkey (two for one younger hunter) while others enjoyed encounters with their quarry but were unable to harvest. It was the first turkey for each of those who harvested a bird.
Area landowners provided access for this special event, which has become a big draw for area youth. The primary goal of the hunt was to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for area youngsters, bringing them together with others of like interest. Young were paired with knowledgeable and experienced adult volunteers in an effort to initiate or further entice participants to enjoy the spring pastime of wild turkey hunting. All participants received hands-on hunting instruction, turkey hunting gear, and meals.

The following individuals and organizations assisted with the hunt:
Organizations: The National Wild Turkey Federation, The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, KDWPT, the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, and Cabela’s of Wichita.
Individuals: Randy Benteman, Marvin Peterson, Brandon Houck, Jared McJunkin, Tyson Powell, Spencer Tomb, Allan Cashman, Mike Wells, Mark Hawkins, Phillip Buttrey, Jim Evans, Jason Harris, Nanci Sigle, Martin Godlove, Josh Patry, Alden Neff, Derek Jackson, and Trent and Frank Siegle.
“I would like to sincerely thank all of those who contributed to this 12th annual event,” said Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager and organizer of the hunt. “By donating resources and sharing their time and talents, they instilled not only an interest in turkey hunting in 15 area youth but also enhanced their appreciation for the outdoor world and developed some lasting friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Without the dedication and support of volunteers, this rewarding event would not be possible each year.”
Volunteers interested in helping with next year’s hunt should phone Konen at 620-767-5900.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Map of USA & Kansas
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More than 250 students compete in program’s third state championship
HAYS — The third annual Kansas State Archery In the Schools (AIS) Championship meet was held at Fort Hays State University on March 31, and participation revealed that the program is growing dramatically in popularity. Seven participating school districts (Anthony-Chaparral, Clearwater, Healy, Jackson Heights, Neodesha, Otis-Bison, and Stockton), plus the Chanute Christian Academy, entered 266 youngsters, including 60 high school, 114 middle school, and 92 elementary school students. This compares to 246 participants in the second annual event last year.
The focus of the AIS program is to provide international-style target archery training in grades 4-12 physical education classes. The Kansas Archery in the Schools Program operates under the umbrella of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

Started in Kentucky 13 years ago, Archery In the Schools came to Kansas in 2006. Gary Keehn, of Soldier, serves as coordinator of the state program. Keehn helps organize events, recruit instructors, set up ranges, and conduct certification workshops for instructors, many of whom are physical education teachers in elementary and secondary Kansas schools. Instructors are trained primarily through summer workshops.
Working under Mike Rader, KDWPT wildlife education coordinator, Keehn helps schools and other organizations start programs and obtain equipment. With support from the archery industry, a $5,000 program equipment kit can be purchased by schools for about $3,000. Any teacher who completes a training session receives assistance towards the purchase of a kit from KDWPT. Schools that host a basic instructor training workshop receive additional assistance. The Kansas program currently has about 200 schools involved.
Fort Hays State was the first university to establish a program, under the direction of Dr. Joyce Ellis, assistant professor in the school's Department of Health and Human Performance. For the third year in a row, Ellis has also been the driving force behind the state championship meet.
Because archery is not sanctioned by the Kansas State High School Activities Association, some schools restrict money used to establish programs or pay travel expenses for competitions. Schools with the program hold fund raisers with the help of supporters, students, local businesses, and community volunteers. Partial funding for equipment comes from KDWPT and NASP. And this year, support came from Genesis Bows and Morrell Targets.
Using stock, unmodified Genesis bows (their own or ones provided by the tournament), students shot one practice round of five arrows and three scoring rounds of five arrows each from both 10 meters and 15 meters — a total of 30 scoring shots. Scoring rings on the target provided points from 10 to zero. Team scores were the total of the team's highest 12 individual scores, with at least five archers of each gender per team.
Each participant received a medal. The overall highest male and female scorers each received a new Genesis bow donated by NASP. Plaques donated by KDWPT were awarded to the top three teams in each division and the top three individual shooters. The top two teams and the top three individuals in each division are eligible to participate in the 2012 NASP National Championships in Kentucky the second weekend of May.
The top scoring individual participants included the following, each receiving a Genesis bow:
  • Top Male Overall — Brandon Williams, 9th-grader from Clearwater Middle School Blue; and
  • Top Female Overall — Micaela Keehn — 11th-grader from Jackson Heights High School.
Jackson Heights High School and Clearwater dominated the individual high school competition, taking home all of the top three plaques in the high school division:
  • First Place — Brandon Williams, 9th grade, Clearwater High School;
  • Second Place — Jordan Serpan, 9th grade, Clearwater High School; and
  • Third Place — Micaela Keehn, 11th grade, Jackson Heights.
Parity was the rule for the day in the middle school individual competition, with students from three different schools nabbing the top three plaques:
  • First Place — Alexandrea Lear, 8th grade, Anthony Middle School;
  • Second Place — Bradley Lightfoot, 7th grade, Otis-Bison Intermediate School; and
  • Third Place — Darion Luckner, 7th grade, Clearwater Middle School White Team.
Individual elementary school plaques went to the following participants:
  • First Place — Grant Ricky, 4th-grader, Clearwater Elementary Team Blue;
  • Second Place — Michael Rowland, 6th-grader, Clearwater Elementary Team Blue; and
  • Third Place — Kate Lears, 6th-grader, Jackson Heights Elementary School
The top three teams in each division also won plaques:
High School
  • First Place —Clearwater High School;
  • Second Place — Jackson Heights High School; and
  • Third Place — Otis-Bison High School.
Middle School
  • First Place — Clearwater Middle School Team Blue;
  • Second Place — Anthony Middle School; and
  • Third Place — Clearwater Middle School Team White.
Elementary School
  • First Place — Clearwater Elementary School Team Blue;
  • Second Place — Anthony Elementary School; and
  • Third Place — Clearwater Elementary School Team White.

Friday, April 20, 2012


An overall view of an LG EnV mobile/cell phone.
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Photo electronic turkey registration helps hunters comply with transportation laws
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) reminds all spring turkey hunters that immediately after taking a turkey, the permit holder must sign the carcass tag and record on it the county, date, and time of kill, then attach the carcass tag to the bird in a visible manner before moving it from the kill site. During the spring season, only turkeys with a visible beard may be taken, so the beard of the turkey must remain naturally attached to the breast while in transit from the kill site to the permittee’s residence or a commercial place of processing or preservation.
However, a bird maybe dressed for transport if the hunter obtains a transportation confirmation number after electronically registering the turkey on the agency’s website (, or the permittee has retained photographs necessary for electronic registration until registration occurs.

What is electronic registration? Using a camera-reading cell phone, this convenient system allows the permit holder to upload two images of a just-killed turkey, making legal to transport the bird without the carcass tag attached. (At this time the system does not work with certain cell phones.) Here’s how it works:
  1. Click the “Check-in Turkey” button at
  2. Here, either Login to an existing account or create a new account. (Save this account information; it will be used for other purposes such as deer check-in and future special hunts.)
  3. If you have created a new account, you will need to click "Check-in Turkey" again.
  4. Once logged in, fill out all the information requested.
  5. Upload two photos of the turkey. One of the photos must be a close-up shot of the turkey tag attached to the turkey. The tag must be visible and filled out with the correct information. The second photo must be a view of the complete turkey with the tag attached and beard visible.
  6. Once files appear, click the “Submit” button to finish.
  7. Keep the confirmation number with the turkey tag.
This is not a telephone registration system, and it is not required. The system allows KDWPT staff to see the turkey and the hunter’s completed tag without the time and expense of maintaining a check station. This flexibility is a benefit to both the hunter and KDWPT. For more information, go online to and click “Electronic Turkey Check-in” in the “Topics” box.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


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Public hearing on fall turkey, antelope, and elk seasons; workshop on early migratory birds, prairie chickens, more
WICHITA — The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, April 26, at the Great Plains Nature Center Auditorium, 6232 East 29th Street North in Wichita. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m., and the evening session will begin at 7 p.m.
The afternoon session will begin with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period on the following topics:
  • Secretary’s remarks;
  • 2011 legislative update;
  • Hunter/Angler Recruitment and Retention Program update, Pass It On Program;
  • fishing regulations;
  • hand fishing harvest analysis;
  • potential changes in deer regulations 2013; and
  • late migratory bird seasons.
The afternoon will also include a workshop session, in preparation for potential future regulatory action, covering preliminary recommendations on the following regulations:

  • early migratory bird seasons;
  • webless migratory birds;
  • commercial mussel harvest;
  • prairie chicken seasons;
  • falconry regulations;
  • public land regulations; and
  • KAR 115-25-9a — deer open season, bag limit, permits, and additional considerations.
The commission will recess at 5 p.m., then reconvene at 7 p.m. at the same location for a public hearing on the following regulations:
  • KAR 115-25-5 — turkey fall season, bag limit, and permits;
  • KAR 115-25-7 — antelope open season, bag limit, and permits; and
  • KAR 115-25-8 — elk open season, bag limit, and permits.
Time will be set aside in both the afternoon and evening sessions for public comment on topics that are not on the agenda. If necessary, the commission will recess on April 26 and reconvene at the same location at 9 a.m., April 27, to complete unfinished business.
Live video and audio streaming of this meeting will be broadcast through the KDWP website,
If notified in advance, the department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission secretary at 620-672-5911.
The next commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at Cabela's, 10300 Cabela Dr. in Kansas City, Kan.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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New campsite, cabin reservation system launched April 17; no park damage from weekend storms
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has announced that its new online campsite and cabin reservations system is up and running. This good news followed reports that with the exception of a few downed trees and a temporary power outage at Kanopolis State Park, Kansas state parks survived unscathed by tornadoes that rampaged through the state on April 14.
Built by Active Network, Inc., a cloud-based activity and participant management™ solutions provider, the new system makes it easy to find and reserve campsites and cabins in the state parks as well as cabins at certain state fishing lakes and wildlife areas. It is hosted on, a media property of Active Network for camping reservations. The online registration system powered by ActiveWorks® cloud technology was launched on schedule just after midnight on Tuesday, April 17. KDWPT has not taken online or phone reservations since April 1 to allow programmers to move reservations made before April 1 into the new reservation system. As a result, there is no need for customers to renew existing reservations.

The new reservation system allows KDWPT to take its paper- and phone-based camping reservations process online for the first time, creating tremendous efficiencies for both park staff and consumers. The centralized system allows guests to search multiple camping and cabin sites simultaneously and make reservations from the comfort of their homes. In many cases, park users will save money through reduced service fees and will be assured a site if they have made a reservation. Additionally, the system will enable KDWPT park staff to more effectively manage their statewide parks and facilities, and benefit from centralized reporting and auditing.
To make campsite and cabin reservations, guests can visit the KDWPT website,, where they’ll be directed to the new reservation site at, or they can call a KDWPT state park office or the Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911. For the location of the nearest Kansas state park office, go to the KDWPT website and click “State Parks/Locations.” For those without computers or who still prefer using a phone, park staff will be able to use the new system to help callers with reservations.
The number of campsites available for reservation will vary by park – in most parks about half of the sites can be reserved. The rest will be available through the traditional “first-come, first-served” method. Shelter and group campground reservations will continue to be made only through the park office where the facilities are located.
For more information, contact the nearest KDWPT state park or phone the Pratt Operations Office, 620-672-5911, and ask for the Parks Division.