Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lifetime Fishing License Sweepstakes

PRATT – The Active Network is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks (KDWPT) and Tourism to offer Kansas anglers a chance to win a lifetime fishing license. Anyone purchasing their fishing license online at is automatically entered into the sweepstakes. If you already have your license, you can still enter the sweepstakes by filling out the online entry form and clicking on “Enter Sweepstakes.” But hurry, the Lifetime Fishing License Sweepstakes closes June 30, 2016.
You must be a Kansas resident and 18 years old or older to enter. Go to and click on the “LIFETIME FISHING SWEEPSTAKES” button to learn more and enter.
Active Network is a leading global marketplace for activities and events, and contracts with KDWPT to manage and market license and permit sales.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kansas Bowhunters Association To Hold Carp Contest

MELVERN LAKE – The Kansas Bowhunters Association (KBA) will hold a carp bowfishing contest at Melvern Lake on June 11-12, 2016. The group will headquarter at the Sundance Primitive Campground north of Lebo. Signs will direct archers to the area.
KBA members invite anyone who has an interest to attend. Whether you’re a seasoned bowfisher or a beginner who wants to learn more, the event is perfect. Members will have bowfishing rigs available for those who don’t have their own.
Bring your own food and drink and plan to camp. The KBA will serve pork steak on Friday evening. Participants will compete to see who can bring in the most pounds of carp. Only carp shot during the daytime count toward an angler’s total. Contact Bob Griffin, for more information.
A Kansas fishing license is required, unless exempt by law, for anyone bowfishing. Arrows must have barbed heads and be attached by a line to the bow.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Habitat First Program Offers Wildlife Habitat Assistance

Habitat First is a new program developed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Wildlife Division for private landowners interested in developing or enhancing wildlife habitat on their land. Under the program, district wildlife biologists will deliver the following services to interested landowners:
            -Technical assistance: planning, land management support, and habitat development tools
            -Financial assistance: cost-share and sign-on incentives for habitat improvements
            -Equipment loans: native grass drills, tree planters, fabric machines, prescribed burn equipment, and root plows
            -USDA programs: assistance with Environmental Quality Incentive Program applications benefiting wildlife, Conservation Reserve Program enrollment, and management
Standardized practices and rates make the program easy to explain and understand. Habitat management plans can be tailored to the property and to landowner preferences.
Visit, call 620-672-5911 or contact the nearest KDWPT office to learn more.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kansas Game Wardens Recognized For Exemplary Service

PRATT – The Law Enforcement Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism recognized officers and other individuals for work and services performed above and beyond the call of duty. The annual awards are presented in several categories, including Meritorious Work, Lifesaving, Natural Resource Education, Boating Safety Enforcement, Investigations, Cooperative Projects and Officer of the Year.
The Merit Award was presented to Capt. Dan Melson for his work in developing and maintaining the Game Wardens’ Facebook page and an application allowing the Law Enforcement Division to more efficiently record violations.
Game warden Jonathan Rather was awarded the Natural Resource Education Advancement Award for his work in implementing hunter education programs in the area school systems.
 The Boating Officer of the Year Award was presented to game warden Jeff Clouser for his extensive work in the area of boating safety enforcement, including dealing with stranded boaters, investigating boating accidents and enforcing boating under the influence laws.
Game warden Hal Kaina received the Lifesaving Award for his efforts in two incidents where individuals were facing life-threatening circumstances. In one incident, officer Kaina rescued a hunter who had broken through the ice. In another incident, officer Kaina aided in the rescue of four individuals, including children, after their boat had sunk in the middle of the reservoir. Game warden Cody Morris was awarded the Lifesaving Award for his assistance in rescuing a family adrift on a boat with a motor that would not start.
Lt. Rick Campbell and game wardens Jesse Gehrt and Travis Schulte received Lifesaving Awards for rescues they performed on the Kansas River. In one situation Lt. Campbell and officer Gehrt rescued a man whose canoe had overturned in the river. Later in the summer, a family who were floating the Kansas River became stranded on a sandbar after getting caught in a severe thunderstorm. Officers Gehrt and Schulte, along with a local emergency medical technician, got the family, which included a 4-month-old baby, to safety.
The Richard Harrold Memorial Award for Investigations was presented to game warden Josh DeHoux for his efforts investigating big game violations in his assigned area.
The Director’s Award was presented to a large group of game wardens, department staff and a private citizen for their work in hosting the conference of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Those recognized include: Major Dan Hesket, Capt. B.J. Thurman, Lt. Eric Deneault, Lt. Dave Adams, Lt. Jeff Sutton, Lt. Mike Peterson, Lt. Scott Hanzlicek, Lt. Bob Funke, game wardens Michael McGinnis, Cody Morris, Jesse Gehrt, Tracy Cikanek, Dennis Zehr, Jim Bussone, Matt Hanvey, Jon Entwhistle, Vince Wonderlich, Scott Leamon, Jeremy Stenstrom, Ross Uhrmacher, Glenn Cannizzaro, Mike Hopper, Greg Salisbury, Landen Cleveland, Ryan Smidt, Lance Hockett, Chris Stout, Daniel Howard, Aaron Scheve, Clint Lee, Jacob Greene, Lynn Koch and Jonathan Rather; Erika Brooks and Shelby Stevens of the Education Section; Jason Deal and David Jenkins of the Public Lands Division; Tony Reitz of the Parks Division; and volunteer, Jenna Scheve.
Game warden Jesse Gehrt received the Officer of the Year Award, a joint recognition by the Law Enforcement Division and the Shikar Safari Club International. Gehrt has performed his duties above and beyond what is normally expected, and is extensively involved in all aspects of being a game warden. Apart from his daily duties, ties to his local community, and many other contributions around the state, Gehrt is also a member of the division’s Honor Guard.

Friday, June 3, 2016

El Dorado State Park To Host Great Outdoors Day And Governors Campout June 18

EL DORADO STATE PARK – Across the U.S., state governors have declared June to be “Great Outdoors Month” to remind us of the fantastic outdoor recreational opportunities we can enjoy. In conjunction with Great Outdoors Month, June 18, 2016 has been designated Great Outdoors Day in Kansas by Governor Brownback and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). The day will be celebrated at El Dorado State Park and will culminate with the Governor’s Campout. Great Outdoors Day activities and displays can be enjoyed free of charge from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at El Dorado State Park’s Walnut River Amphitheater Area.
Those attending the Great Outdoors Day will be able to shoot bows and airguns, catch bugs and crawdads, learn to paddle a kayak or canoe, learn about nature, and see the latest camping and outdoor gear. Other activities include a KDWPT K-9 demonstration, aquatic education programs, flint knapping demonstrations, horse rides, a fishing clinic, and KDWPT’s mobile aquarium.
The Governor’s Campout will begin Saturday evening. Anyone interested in camping must pre-register by calling Kati Westerhaus at 620-672-0740 or emailing Slots for campers are limited. The campout will begin with registration at 4:30 p.m. After a welcoming ceremony, campers can enjoy a national park exhibit, supper and programs including live animal education demonstrations, Dutch oven cooking, cowboy campfire stories and songs and telescope star gazing. Campers will enjoy breakfast and a closing ceremony with certificates and door prizes on Sundaymorning.
Sponsoring participants include Coleman Factory Outlet, Kansas Golf and Turf, Sutherlands, Bicycle X-change, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boys and Girl Scouts, Shady Creek Sales, John K. Fisher, Cabela’s Butler County Extension Office and 4-H, the National Wild Turkey Federations, Butler County Rescue and EMS and Wildscape.