Thursday, September 17, 2015

Outdoor Family Fun Day and Hunt at Eckman’s Hunting Preserve

PRATT – The Johnson County Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) will be hosting an Outdoor Family Fun Day and Youth and Women's Pheasant HuntSaturday, October 3. The free event will take place at Eckman's Hunting Preserve, 988 E. 1900 Rd., Baldwin City, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
The day’s activities will begin with a safety refresher and warm-up clay shooting, followed by morning and afternoon hunts. Those not hunting may shoot additional clays or enjoy the family fun day activities, including archery, pellet gun shooting, and a casting challenge.
Hunts will be available for youth hunters age 12-15 with an adult sponsor, and women, on a first-come, first-served basis. For specifics on license requirements, visit and click “Hunting,” then “Fees, Licenses & Permits.”
For more information, visit, or contact Jim Milazzo, at (913) 636-3369 or by email at

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Youth Invited to Hunt at 2015 Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic

OAKLEY – Kansas youth hunters age 12-16 with an interest in upland game hunting are invited to submit an application to participate in the 2015 Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic. The hunt will be held in Goodland, November 19-22, and all expenses will be paid (except for license, gun and transportation) for two lucky youth hunters and their non-hunting chaperones. The two youth selected will also receive a lifetime membership to Pheasants Forever.
To apply, visit and click “Youth Hunt,” then “Youth Hunt Application” to download the PDF form. Applicants will then need to fill out some brief information and provide a short essay on what hunting to means to them and why they are interested in participating. Applications are due October 10.
The Ringneck Classic, which began in 2011, was created as a way to celebrate the rich hunting opportunities in Kansas, particularly for upland game. Proceeds from community events allow the host city to support local and regional programs and organizations.
For more information, contact Kansas Ringneck Classic staff at (785) 671-1000, or visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

23rd Annual Kinsley Kids Klassic Coming Up

PRATT – The 23rd Kinsley Kids Klassic, an annual trapshooting event, will be held Saturday, October 3. The event is open to youth shooters through high school age, including 2015 graduates.
Participants will first shoot 50 16-yard targets at the Dodge City Gun Club, then 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. Cabela’s gift cards and trophies will be awarded to the top individuals in each age group and to the top three teams. Special awards will also be presented to 4-H members and young ladies. 
The cost to attend is $25 per youth and includes 100 targets, lunch, event t-shirt and door prize. Registrations must be received by Sept. 28 at noon.
For more information on this unique event, or to register, contact Frank O’Brien, toll free at (888) 324-5445, or by e-mail at

Monday, September 14, 2015

Forfeited Outdoor Equipment and Antlers To Be Auctioned

PRATT – Wilson Realty and Auction Service of Salina will conduct a consignment auction on September 19 to sell items forfeited by the courts to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). The auction will take place at 601 South Broadway, Salina, beginning at 10 a.m. KDWPT regularly sells items forfeited in poaching cases or agency equipment no longer in use through public auctions.
Items to be sold on September 19 include 46 guns, more than 300 mounted deer heads and antlers, boats, jet skis, deer stands, decoys, as well as other equipment from non-department sellers. A sale bill can be downloaded at
KDWPT’s proceeds will be deposited into the department’s WildTrust fund and allocated to assist with special hunts for veterans and youth and hunter education.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

More Fish Attractors to Hit Kansas Lakes

PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Fisheries Section staff recently launched a new program designed to increase the amount of fish-attracting structure in Kansas public waters. As part of the program, staff will sink approximately 300 “PVC cubes,” to attract fish. The 3-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot cubes are cost-effective and proven in other states, and not only do they last more than three times (10-plus years) longer than natural brush piles, they have been shown to hold as many fish as the natural counterpart without effecting water quality.
David Breth, who recently took over coordination of the fish habitat program, said that the goal of adding 300 cubes this year has just about been met.
“It’s an ongoing project,” he said. “As we get the materials and kits ready, we are adding cubes and new lake locations to receive them. All cubes are being placed at specific, pre-determined locations.”
Known as “Georgia Cubes,” the artificial structures were designed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Stacking more than 50 feet of corrugated pipe on the PVC frame, the design maximizes surface area for fish attraction. The structures quickly accumulate periphyton, a complex mix of algae, fungi, and bacteria, making them more attractive to insects and fish. 
Anglers are already reporting catching fish, notably largemouth bass, around the cubes placed this spring. Fisheries field staff will collect sonar and video images on how fish populations and species are using the cubes in relation to natural structures.
For anglers wanting to try their luck, a file is available with GPS locations of attractors (natural and artificial) at the KDWPT website, Click on “Fishing” then click on “Google KMZ file of KS Fish Attractors” under the “Fishing Opportunities” menu. Anglers can also find the file by entering “fish attractor GPS” in the search box on the home page. As the new cubes are placed and marked, the file will be updated with locations. Cubes have been added to, Milford, Wilson, Melvern, Perry, El Dorado, Tuttle Creek and Horsethief reservoirs, Butler, Clark, Pottawatomie No. 1, Pottawatomie No. 2 and Meade state fishing lakes, Yates Center South Owl Lake, and Eureka City Lake.
Breth said that without the help of Kansas B.A.S.S. chapters, the placement process would be much slower.
“Local B.A.S.S. clubs have been instrumental in this project, assembling the cubes from kits onsite, then placing them using their own boats and GPS units,” he said. “They’ve been a great help.”

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fishing and Hunting Fees Discussed

GREAT BEND ­– During the Workshop portion of the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission’s August public meeting in Great Bend, commissioners heard a proposal from department staff to raise fees for hunting and fishing licenses. The proposal outlined fee history, revenue needs and compared proposed fees with those of surrounding states.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has not increased hunting and fishing license fees since 2002, and fees for deer and turkey permits haven’t increased since 1984. However, the department has arrived at a critical point due to inflation, and increased revenue is needed to maintain pivotal wildlife and fishery programs. Spending has remained constant, but the uncommitted portion of the Wildlife Fee Fund has begun to shrink. A healthy Wildlife Fee Fund with an uncommitted balance is important for cash flow at certain times of the year and ensures that excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment allotted to the state through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program can be captured.
KDWPT staff outlined the programs that need continued funding to provide quality hunting and fishing opportunities and ensure wildlife and important habitats are conserved. Priority programs include: Walk–In Hunting Access – leases more than 1 million acres of private land for public hunting access, more than tripling the amount of land open to hunting; FISH – leases private ponds and streams for angling access; Community Fisheries Assistance Program – enhances fishing opportunities on community-owned lakes and pays to remove any angler fees; the Pass It On and Aquatic Education programs – provide hunting, fishing and outdoor experiences to thousands of youth annually; and private land programs – assist landowners to improve wildlife habitat with economically feasible methods. There are also day-to-day operations that require funding, including law enforcement, four state fish hatcheries that produce 100 million sport fish annually, managing wildlife and habitat on more than 350,000 acres of federal and state land, and managing sport fisheries on 24 federal reservoirs, 44 state fishing lakes and more than 200 community lakes.
The fee proposal also includes recommendations for value-added options with substantial savings. For example, resident hunters and anglers currently pay $18 for a fishing or hunting license and $36 for an annual combination license. The proposed fee for a general resident hunting or fishing license is $25, but the proposal also includes an annual fish/hunt combination license for $45 and an early-buy combination for $40 if purchased before March 1. The proposed early-buy combo license would be just $4 more than what current combo license buyers are paying.
Other value-added licenses being recommended include 5-year hunting and fishing licenses. The recommended price for a five-year fishing or hunting license is $100, a savings of $25. The price for a five-year combination hunting/fishing license would be $180, which is a $70 savings and equal to what hunters are paying currently for combination licenses over a five-year period.
Other recommended fee increases include: nonresident hunting license from $70 to $95; nonresident deer permit from $315 to $415; nonresident spring turkey permit from $30 to $60; general resident deer permits from $30 to $40; and resident turkey permits from $20 to $25. A complete listing of all proposed fee changes can be downloaded from, by clicking on “Commission,” “Pending Draft Regulations,” and then “October 22, 2015 60-day Notice.” The fees changes are included in K.A.R. 115-2-1.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kansas Wild Turkey Federation to Host JAKES Camp

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 2015 Kansas State JAKES Camp September 12-13. The event is open to youth 17 and younger and will be conducted at White Memorial Camp, 6 miles north of Council Grove, off Highway K-177.  On Saturday, youth can enjoy up to six activities, including fishing, arts and crafts, JAKES Take Aim BB gun shooting, disc golf, trap shooting, still target shooting, archery, canoeing, flint knapping, and turkey calling with three time World Champion Steve Stoltz. On Saturday evening, JAKES members can participate in the annual NWTF Kansas State JAKES (youth aged 12 and under) and Xtreme JAKES (youth aged 13 to 17) Turkey Calling Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three callers in each division. After the contest, Stoltz will entertain the group with his turkey hunting stories and adventures.
On Sunday, Pastor Gary Cargill will start the day with a sunrise service. Other activities include a presentation by Milford Nature Center staff and a predator calling demonstration with Knight & Hale pro staffer Mick Bowman.
The cost of the event is $20 for JAKES members, $30 for non-JAKES members (which includes a JAKES membership), and $20 for adults. Attendees may tent camp onsite (bring your own tent) Saturday night or may commute both days. For an additional fee, participants can stay in a resident cabin, which includes bunk beds and shared bath. Boys and girls will have separate cabins. There are also a few RV hookups. The camp fee includes lunch and supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Meals will be prepared by the White Memorial Camp kitchen staff. All youth will receive a commemorative tee shirt and win a prize in a drawing at the end of the event on Sunday.
The NWTF is a conservation organization dedicated to conserving wild turkeys, their habitat and our hunting heritage. JAKES, or Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, is a program designed to get youth involved in conservation and hunting.
The NWTF Kansas State JAKES Camp was awarded the "Best State JAKES Event" in 2012, the "Best Special JAKES Event" in 2013 at the NWTF National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Gib Rhodes at 620-437-2012.