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A bill with two options for discounted licenses for seniors is on it's way to the state senate for a vote.

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Despite dry weather, high duck numbers should draw hunters to the Kansas Youth Hunt

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Duck hunters will find plenty to cheer about in the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) annual breeding population and habitat survey, released in early July. Conducted each May by USFWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service, this year’s survey reveals the second-highest pond count and a record 45.6 million ducks, the most since the survey was started in 1955. Blue-winged teal, shovelers, and redheads soared to record levels, and mallard, pintail, canvasback, and gadwall numbers rose substantially from 2010.

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 17 hunting incidents in Kansas in 2010, five more than the record low of 12 in 2009. One of the accidents was fatal.

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On June 19, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will enter the first of two summer auctions of items forfeited by those convicted of wildlife crime. The June 19 auction will be held at the Blomquist Auction Gallery, 684 E. Kansas Highway 4 in Assaria. KDWP items in this auction will include general items such as antlers, fishing rods, radios, and cameras. This auction will be combined with Kansas Department of Revenue tax forfeiture assets.

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that the 2009 hunting seasons were the safest on record. Hunters reported 12 hunting accidents — and no fatalities. This is a decrease of four accidents from the previous year and one below the previous record low of 13.

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Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams helps producers with land coming out of CRP
Each year, the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) gives approximately $120,000 in Capacity Grants to extend habitat conservation projects throughout the playa lakes region. The grants are intended to help landowners develop habitat projects that benefit playas.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR LATE-SEASON HUNTERS
Upland bird and waterfowl seasons have been open for more than two months now, but that doesn't mean it's time for hunters to put up their shotguns. Quail, pheasant, and prairie chicken (Northwest and East units) seasons are open through Jan. 31, and rabbit and squirrel seasons provide additional opportunities for the avid hunter.

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PRESCRIBED BURNING WORKSHOPS TO BE HELD IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS
MANHATTAN — Fire safety is a priority of the upcoming Prescribed Burning Workshops scheduled for central and eastern Kansas this fall. Carol Blocksome, Grassland Water Quality Extension Staff at Kansas State University (KSU), says that these workshops are a continuation of workshops conducted in western Kansas last fall. It was evident from these workshops that producers needed and wanted more information and education on how to conduct safe and successful prescribed burns.

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KANSAS UPLAND BIRD, WATERFOWL SEASONS ON TAP
PRATT — The Kansas pheasant and quail seasons return to their traditional opening and closing dates this fall. Both seasons open on Saturday, Nov. 14, and run through Jan. 31, 2010. Prairie chicken season opens a week later — Nov. 21 through Jan. 31, 2010, in the Northwest and East units. In the Southwest Unit, prairie chicken season runs Nov. 21-Dec. 31. (The prairie chicken Southwest Unit is bordered by Highway K-96 on the north and U.S. 281 on the east.)

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KDWP TO SHOWCASE NEW YOUTH/MENTOR-ONLY WETLAND NOV. 21
HILLSDALE RESERVOIR – The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a youth/mentor waterfowl hunt at Antioch and Gardner wetlands near Hillsdale Reservoir on Saturday, Nov. 21. A new 35-acre youth/mentor-only marsh adjacent to Antioch Wetland will be featured site. The Miami County Ducks Unlimited Chapter and Tribal Outdoors, an outdoor apparel and custom graphic design company in Overland Park, will assist with the event.

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WATERFOWL HUNTERS' INFORMATION NIGHT IN CONCORDIA SEPT. 10
JAMESTOWN — At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a Waterfowl Hunters' Information Night at Cloud County Community College's Cook Theater. KDWP staff will give hunters an update on local waterfowl hunting areas, new maps, insider tips, upcoming seasons, understanding regulations, and information about what every duck boat should have. KDWP staff from Glen Elder, Jamestown, and Lovewell wildlife areas will be available to answer questions.

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BUTTERFLY ROYALTY VISITING KANSAS
PRATT — September is the month to watch for masses of migrating monarch butterflies in Kansas. The weather has cooled, and many people are seeing this regal butterfly in backyards, parks, and in the field. A familiar and popular insect species, monarch migratory behavior is much like that of birds. Navigating on instinct, every monarch east of the Rocky Mountains flies toward a specific area of central Mexico to spend the winter.

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NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY SEPT. 26
PRATT — The 38th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) — designated by Congressional decree and Presidential Proclamation — will be held Sept. 26. The event is a nationwide celebration of hunters and anglers and their contributions to conservation.

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2009 KANSAS HUNTING ATLAS NOW ONLINE
PRATT – The 2009 Kansas Hunting Atlas, which includes maps showing locations of Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) areas and public wildlife areas, is now available online at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Printed copies of the atlas will be available in late August or early September at KDWP offices and hunting license vendors around the state.

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2009 KANSAS WATERFOWL SEASONS SET
The following is the approved upcoming 2009-2010 late-migrating waterfowl season; 74 days of duck hunting in the Low Plains Zone and 97 days in the High Plains. All waterfowl possession limits are twice the daily bag limit, except for light geese, which have no possession limit. Shooting hours should not exceed more than 30 minutes.

Details on zone boundaries see the 2009 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary, available Sept. 1 at most KDWP offices. Visit the KDWP website www.kdwp.state.ks.us or call 620-672-5911 for more details.

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Kansas Offers Interactive Hunter Education Courses Online
PRATT -- For several years now, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has offered hunter education courses that provide a large percentage of the work online, followed by a day of mostly field training, including live fire. Several days before the class, students log on the International Hunter Education Association's (IHEA) home study website, http://homestudy.ihea.com. Here, they are taken through several pages of information regarding hunter education, including introduction to hunter education, hunting safety, hunter responsibility, outdoor safety, wildlife conservation, and hunting opportunities.

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Early Teal Seasons Expected to allow 16 Day Season - Kansas
COUNCIL GROVE – The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission tentatively approved early teal seasons at its June 25 public meeting in Council Grove.

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SCOTT STATE PARK TO HOST SOUTHWEST KANSAS YOUTH PROGRAM
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will host the annual Southwest Youth Program at Scott State Park on Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals attending the program will have the opportunity to draw one of 24 guided hunts, and two shotguns will be given away. To be eligible, youth must be at least 10 years old. Individuals older than 16 may participate in a guided hunt if they have never hunted before.

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KDWP is looking for landowners to participate in a program that provides income in exchange for hunting access to their land. The program called the Special Hunts On Private Lands Program is trying to increase access in more urban areas of the state.

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Kansas Weekend Events
Pratt's Annual Fishing Derby heads up a busy weekend in the State of Kansas

Pratt – We're getting to the heart of summer and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has plenty of fun outdoor activities for you to attend around the state. The weekend of June 13th is no exception and it is packed full of fishing derbies, OK Kids days, and more.

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Kansan Makes $1 Million Pledge to Pheasants Forever
Lake Quivira, Kans. - June 2, 2009 - Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce a $1 million pledge from Duayne Madl, 59, of Lake Quivira, Kansas to PF's Grassroots Conservation Campaign . A Patron Member of PF and a QF member, Madl made the significant financial commitment because of his strong belief in the wildlife habitat conservation mission of PF/QF.

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2009 PRONGHORN ANTELOPE PERMIT APPLICATIONS ONLINE ONLY
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that there will be no paper applications or mail-in forms for 2009 antelope permits. All applications must be submitted online. The application deadline is midnight June 12. Those who applied last year will not receive an application in the mail this year.

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Improved turkey habitat can conflict with needs of quail

Kansas spring turkey season is in full swing, and many hunters are enjoying the abundance of this large game bird. Other hunters who enjoy turkey hunting but also like to quail hunt may be wondering why turkey populations have surged in recent years while quail populations have declined in much of the state. Jim Pitman, small game biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), has some answers.

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The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has something to show you. The eagerly-anticipated interpretive center at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area will officially open for visitors during its grand opening at 3 p.m. Friday, April 24.

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While the most severe blizzard to hit parts of Kansas in decades may have come the last week of March, warm weather will soon make this event a fleeting memory, enticing Kansans across the state to visit their favorite state parks. To enhance these visits, park staff conduct a variety of special events. Some events are scheduled in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days, some celebrate a special historical event or geological attribute of an individual park, and others are just for entertainment. Each park sets its own dates for these events.

Events may include anything from a marathon race to boating courses and equestrian events. Many are educational and all make visiting Kansas state parks more fun. For more information on state park events, phone individual parks or visit the Event Calendar on the department's website.

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CWD-positive deer reported from 2,693 samples collected by KDWP

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reports a total of 10 chronic wasting disease (CWD) occurrences from among almost 2,700 deer tissue samples collected and submitted for lab analysis by KDWP in recent months.

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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.

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KDWP awaiting lab results on more samples from 2008 deer season
Five more Kansas white-tailed deer have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing to eight the total number of CWD incidents from the 2008 Kansas deer seasons.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is still awaiting final lab results on about 100 more tissue samples from hunter-killed deer during the past deer season, according to Shane Hesting, KDWP wildlife disease coordinator.

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Regular season April 8-May 31; special hunts application deadline March 16

The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters across the state are already making preparations. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the regular season. Archery-only and youth/disabled seasons run concurrently, April 1-7.

Turkey permits for units 1, 2, and 3 may be purchased online from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website, or over the counter at any license vendor. A regulations brochure may be downloaded from the KDWP website and printed or obtained at KDWP offices and license vendors. This brochure also includes a resident-only, limited-draw permit application for Unit 4, but the application deadline for these permits was Feb. 20. The brochure can be used only for general regulations regarding the 2009 Kansas spring turkey hunting season.

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February is a down time for many hunters, but one often over-looked game species is abundant and active in Kansas -- the squirrel. But the season ends Feb. 28, and time is running out for those who want to hunt this elusive tree-dweller.

Kansas has two species of squirrels -- the fox squirrel and the gray squirrel. Fox squirrels can be found throughout the state just about anywhere trees are abundant. They are at home in windbreaks and wooded riparian corridors, as well as larger forested tracts. Large, leafy nests in trees are a good indication of population density. Fox squirrels are active at midday and spend a good deal of time on the ground. Mature fox squirrels may weigh up to 3 pounds.

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GEESE KEEP HUNTERS AFIELD THROUGH LATE WINTER   Posted: 04 Feb 2009 11:55 AM PST Late winter offers plenty of hunting; snow geese m...

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KANSAS IS HUNTER'S HEAVEN FOR WINTER WATERFOWL
Avid Kansas waterfowl hunters never worry about the post-holiday blues. For them, January and February mean some of the best hunting of the year. Late-migrating mallards are often abundant when shallow waters freeze, and mallards concentrate on rivers and reservoirs. In much of the state, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has established a Jan. 17-25 duck season, so hunters can take advantage of this late migration.

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The Christmas and New Year holiday season is almost here, and for most people that means time off from work to spend with family and friends. For outdoorsmen and women, it is also a special time to go afield in pursuit of their favorite game. Cool weather often makes game easier to hunt and competition for places to hunt is lighter than earlier in the seasons.

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Trespassers bag nothing but stiff fines, damaged landowner-hunter relations

Firearm deer season is in full swing, and all hunters are reminded that it is illegal to hunt on private land without the owner's permission, posted or not. Whether a "hunter" actually enters private land without permission or shoots onto it from the road or another landowner's property without permission, it is illegal.

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The whooping cranes are back. Each year, some of these birds -- the largest and rarest of North American cranes -- make a stop in central Kansas, at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, near Great Bend, or Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles south of Cheyenne Bottoms.

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KANSAS SANDHILL CRANE SEASON OPEN NOVEMBER 5 THROUGH JANUARY 1
Online identification test required before obtaining a crane permit

The sandhill crane hunting season opens Nov. 5, and hunters pursuing this large game bird should be aware that the endangered whooping crane may be present during the sandhill crane season. Whooping cranes use the same habitats as sandhill cranes, and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area are two of their favorite stops in the Central Flyway.

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In both youth and regular seasons, the daily bag limit for ducks is five. This bag may include no more than two scaup, two redheads, and two wood ducks. In addition, only one duck from the following group may be included in the daily bag: hen mallard, pintail, canvasback, or mottled duck. For example, if a pintail is taken, no hen mallard, mottled duck, or canvasback may be taken that day; if a hen mallard is taken, no pintail, mottled duck, or canvasback may be taken that day, and so forth.

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will host an event to celebrate the contributions of hunters and anglers to fish and wildlife conservation. The National Hunting and Fishing Day observance is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at KDWP’s Pratt Operations Office, 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt.

The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with the Great Race, in which teams assembled by KDWP and the Pratt community compete in a relay featuring casting, archery shooting, bicycling, and canoeing. Other events will include kids’ fishing derbies, prizes, free lunch, and more.

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Young waterfowl hunters and their mentors are being offered a special hunting opportunity at Neosho Wildlife Area during the upcoming early teal season, which runs Sept. 13 – 28 east of U.S. 283. Neosho Wildlife Area is located one mile east of St. Paul in Neosho County.

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Hunting Accidents Remain Low in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports that there were 19 hunting accidents in 2007, with one fatality. This is an increase of two accidents over the previous year but still a very small number considering that approximately 271,000 hunters spent more than 3 million days afield in 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), agency staff report.

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