Sunday, August 31, 2014


Youth invited for day of shotgun shooting, food, and prizes
PRATT– The 22nd Kinsley Kids Klassic, an annual trapshooting event, will be held Saturday, Sept 20. The event is open to youth shooters through high school age, including 2014 graduates. Cost to attend is $25 and includes 100 targets, lunch, event t-shirt and door prize. Registrations must be received by Sept. 15.
Competitors will first shoot 50 16-yard targets at the Dodge City Gun Club, followed by lunch in Kinsley, and 50 handicap targets at the Kinsley Gun Club.
Every shooter will get a door prize, including a chance to win one of four guns, which will be awarded by drawing. Thirty-four Cabela’s gift certificates and Olympic-style medals will be given in each of four age groups for individual shooters. The top three teams will earn trophies and shotgun shells for their program. Special trophies will be reserved for young ladies and 4-H members.
For more information on this unique event, or to register, contact Kinsley Gun Club secretary, Frank O’Brien, toll free at(888) 324-5445.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


2014 duck and goose seasons set by Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission
GREAT BEND – On Thursday, August 21, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission heard 2014 duck and goose season recommendations, considered public comment and approved the following seasons.
High Plains Duck Zone: Oct. 11-Dec. 8, 2014 and Dec. 20, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015.
Low Plains Early Duck Zone: Oct. 11-Dec. 7, 2014 and Dec. 20, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015.
Low Plains Late Duck Zone: Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 and Jan. 17-25, 2015.
Low Plains Southeast Duck Zone: Nov. 8-9, 2014 AND Nov. 15, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015.
Daily bag limit for ducks is six with the following species and sex restrictions: no more than five mallards, of which only two may be hens; three scaup; three wood ducks; two redheads; two pintails; and one canvasback. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. 
Canada geese: Nov. 1-9, 2014 and Nov. 12, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015.
Daily bag limit on Canada geese is six; possession limit is 18.
Light Geese: Nov. 1-9, 2014 and Nov. 12, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015
Daily bag limit on light geese is 50 with no possession limit.
White-fronted geese: Nov. 1-Dec. 14, 2014 and Jan. 17-Feb. 15, 2015.
Daily bag limit for white-fronted geese is two and possession limit is six.
In other business, the Commission also approved a regulation allowing dogs on hand-held leashes to be used to trail dead or wounded big game animals.
The next commission meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2014 at Martinelli’s Restaurant Meeting Room, 158 S Santa Fe Ave., Salina.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Youth age 17 and younger and novice hunters can hunt free of competition Sept. 1at Brzon
PRATT ­– In an effort to provide youth and novice hunters with quality hunting opportunities, Sept. 1. In preparation for the upcoming dove season, several sunflower fields have been planted at the wildlife area ,which is located 8 miles north of Belleville on US 81 Highway and 4 ½ miles west on Fir Road. While opening day, Sept. 1, is reserved for youth and novice hunters, the wildlife area will be open to all hunters on Sept. 2 and thereafter.  
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The entire area is designated as a youth/novice area, open only to hunters 17 or younger and persons who have not possessed a Kansas hunting license in the last three years on Monday, Sept. 1. Novice and youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older, who may also hunt, one adult per youth or novice. 
In addition to the sunflower fields, several small ponds in the middle of the wildlife area and may provide additional dove hunting opportunities. Prior scouting will increase odds for success.
For information, contact the Lovewell Area Office at (785) 753-4071.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Safety key to successful holiday on busy lakes
PRATT – Labor Day weekend is the last big outdoor holiday at Kansas lakes, and the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) reminds boaters that being safe on the water is key to an enjoyable weekend. Overall, boating is a very safe outdoor pursuit, but it only takes one small mistake or oversight for a fun day on the water to turn tragic.
Being safe on the water isn’t complicated. By following regulations and a few common-sense rules, boat operators can ensure that everyone in their party stays safe. The first rule is to have everyone onboard wear a life jacket. Accidents can happen quickly, anyplace or anytime on the water. Although every boat must have a life jacket on board for every person on the boat, Kansas law only requires those age 12 and younger to wear a life jacket at all times while on a boat. Those 13 and older are not required to wear a life jacket but must have one available that is easily accessible and fits properly. "Easily accessible" means the jackets must be within reach and in plain view. Life jackets stowed under seats or in storage compartments do not meet this requirement.
Life jackets, like seat belts in cars, must be worn to save lives. There are many excuses given for not wearing life jackets, but life jackets are no longer the orange, hot, bulky vests commonly thought of. New developments have produced smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable life jackets, leaving boaters with no reason not to wear them.
Another common sense safety rule on the water is to avoid alcohol or have a designated boat driver. Alcohol affects a person’s judgment and reflexes, and a high percentage of boating accidents are alcohol-related. And being outdoors on a warm sunny day exacerbates the effects of alcohol. KDWPT boating enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired boat operators. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against Kansas state law. Anyone caught operating a boat under the influence can have their vessel impounded and incur penalties including arrest, fines, and loss of boating privileges.
And finally, several recent incidents on Kansas lakes put boaters in danger unnecessarily. While it falls under “use common sense,” individuals were “lost” after being left to float on a large reservoir. Both had floatation devices and both survived, but it could have been worse. Never leave anyone floating in open water outside of designated swimming areas. Wave action can make a solitary swimmer almost impossible to see for other boaters and hard to find for anyone looking for them.
This Labor Day, have fun, stay safe and “Wear It Kansas.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Registered youth will enjoy a weekend filled with all things wild
PRATT ­– The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting the 2014 Kansas State September 13 and 14 at White Memorial Camp, six miles north of Council Grove. All interested youth 17 and younger are invited to participate. The cost to attend is $20 for JAKES members, $30 for non-JAKES members (which includes a JAKES membership), and $20 for adults. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Registrations must be received by Sept. 5.
JAKES (Juveniles Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Skills) Camp
Saturday’s activities include geocaching, fishing, BB gun and air rifle ranges, trapshooting, still-target shooting, 3-d archery, turkey calling with world-champion turkey caller Chris Parrish, and lunch.
Saturday evening activities include a presentation on Quail in Kansas, courtesy of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation; archery demonstrations, courtesy of Archery in The Schools; arts and crafts; and canoeing. The evening will conclude with the NWTF Kansas State JAKES (youth 12 and under) and Xtreme JAKES (youth 13-17) turkey calling contests and dinner.
On Sunday morning, participants can enjoy breakfast; followed by a class on turkey biology and management presented by Jim Pitman, small game coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and an arson dog demonstration, presented by the Kansas State Fire Marshal. A 6 a.m. sunrise service will also be available to participants.  
For more information, and to register, contact Gib Rhodes at (620) 437-2012