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Posted: 26 Mar 2009 07:31 AM PDT

Limited to 35 women, participants must pre-register as soon as possible

CHANUTE -- On May 30, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Lil Toledo Lodge, the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association, and the Kansas State Rifle Association, the Women of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Kansas Bow Hunter Association will join forces to conduct the area's fourth Women on Target Shooting Skills For Women shooting clinic.

The event will be held at the Lil’ Toledo Lodge, southeast of Chanute. Activities will run from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.. Lil’ Toledo Lodge sets along the banks of the Neosho River providing an esthetic setting in the outdoors. The grounds are covered by native oak and hickory trees, and mowed walking trails allow wildlife to be viewed in a natural setting.

This event is for women only and is designed for women who may have never handled a gun. Women who have some experience are also encouraged to attend. Each participant will learn to shoot a variety of guns and bows and enjoy fellowship with other women. The event will give participants the opportunity to shoot shotguns, revolvers, semiautomatic handguns, small-caliber rifles, big bore rifles, and black powder rifles, as well as longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows.

Participants will also have the opportunity to use the Laser Shot shooting simulator. Activities are conducted so that each woman can participate at her own pace and at her own experience level. This shooting clinic will also reinforce safe gun handling techniques, the mechanics of loading and unloading guns, and how to use bows and tree stands. In the shotgun shooting portion of the event, all women will be consistently breaking targets in the air before the day is over.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by Lil’ Toledo Lodge, where women will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the other women about the experiences that they had in the morning events and what they have to look forward to in the afternoon. Women will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors and trainers. There will also be a drawing for items that have been donated by local businesses.

The registration fee is $30 per person, which helps cover the cost of shooting supplies and targets. This event will be limited to the first 35 women who register and pay the fee. All women must be 18 years old. Participants do not need to bring guns or ammunition. All guns and equipment and supplies will be provided. However, participants may bring their own 20-gauge shotguns if they wish. All guns must be checked by the person in charge of the training before they are used.

To participate in the Shooting Skills for Women event, contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911. Ask for Stacy in Hunter Education to pre-register. The event is first-come, first-served, so those wishing to participate should pre-register as soon as possible.


Posted: 26 Mar 2009 07:24 AM PDT

Seminar presentations and playa lakes tour included in event

COLBY -- The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc. (KAWS), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV), and the Waconda Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) will offer playa lake tours in northwestern Kansas on March 30. The event is open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m. at the NRCS Office, 915 E. Walnut St. in Colby.

Experts will be on hand to provide information about playa lakes and why these wetlands are vital to the health of the Great Plains. Bob Tricks, NRCS major land resource area soils leader, will talk about the soils and plants in the playas and answer questions ranging from how playas are formed to why playas are considered to be points of aquifer recharge.

KDWP wildlife biologist Josh Williams will discuss the importance of playas to wildlife, as well as wetland restoration opportunities.

Andy Burr, NRCS district conservationist, will also speak about opportunities available for wetland restoration and give some project details about the various playas on the tour.

Arthur Gomes, KAWS wetland coordinator, will discuss his role in restoring and protecting wetlands in Kansas and how he might be of assistance to local land owners.

KAWS works with local people to create, protect, and restore the state’s wetland and stream resources. Organized in 1996, KAWS is a 501(c)3 educational public charity reaching a broad spectrum of individuals, groups, and governments to improve the wetlands and streams they own or control. Over its 12-year span, the organization has helped educate thousands of adults and students about the state’s invaluable wetland and stream resources, their condition, and how to protect and improve them. KAWS provides its services through 12 local chapters that cover the entire state.

To reserve a spot on this tour, email or phone 785-425-7325. More information about KAWS is available online.


Posted: 26 Mar 2009 07:04 AM PDT

Event takes place March 31 at Valentino’s in Seneca

SENECA -- The Nemaha County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will conduct a game habitat seminar at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at Valentino’s South Room in Seneca. After the audience is settled in with free beverages and snacks, Pheasants Forever Senior Field Coordinator Pete Berthelsen of Elba, Neb., will begin the event with an overview of pheasant and quail management philosophies developed over his career. His theme will be "15 Coveys On 160 Acres."

At 8:15 p.m., Cory Alderson, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks field biologist from Manhattan, will present an update on the Kansas Upland Bird Habitat Initiative. Alderson will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by Texas biologist and outdoor personality Larry Weishuhn. Weishuhn will speak about whitetail deer habitat and management practices. As a wildlife biologist, Weishuhn has helped establish deer management practices across North America.

Admission for the event is $10. Reservations are not required, but those who plan to attend should phone Bill Brannan at 785-294-0703 or email



Posted: 18 Mar 2009 10:46 AM PDT

Park users can save by purchasing permits before April 1

Visitors to Kansas state parks can save money by purchasing many permits before the prime park season begins on April 1. Permits purchased in the off-season -- Oct. 1-March 31 -- are valid for the remainder of the calendar year, and they are cheaper if purchased during this period.

For 2009, state park vehicle entrance permit fees include the following:

Off-Season (through March 31)

-Daily vehicle permit -- $3.70 (senior/disabled: $2.60)

-Annual vehicle permit -- $19.70 (senior/disabled: $11.10)

-Additional annual vehicle permit -- $12.20 (senior/disabled: $7.35)

Prime Season (April 1-Sept. 30)

-Daily vehicle permit -- $4.20 (senior/disabled: $2.85)

-Annual vehicle permit -- $24.70 (senior/disabled: $13.60)

-Additional annual vehicle permit -- $14.70 (senior/disabled: $8.60)

Costs listed include applicable service fees, except online purchase convenience fee. Annual permits are valid for the remainder of the calendar year whether purchased in the off-season or the prime season.

KDWP's Parks Division operates a system of 24 parks and the Prairie Spirit Rail-Trail. Most state parks provide utility and primitive camping and are located adjacent to lakes or reservoirs. Camping and utility fees remain unchanged (although some camping fees are cheaper if purchased in the off-season). In addition to camping facilities, parks offer boat ramps, courtesy docks, shelter houses, swimming beaches, trails, and a variety of other amenities. Parks also host numerous special events, such as concerts and festivals, throughout the year.

More information on state parks is also available at the KDWP website.

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