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Tuesday, July 26 2005

2005 Outdoor Skills Camp!

If you’re between 12-18 years old - or if you know a budding outdoorsmen who is - then take this opportunity to get involved with KWF’s Outdoor Skills Camp for 2005.

Outdoor Skills Camp is a program to develop young people into being better hunters, anglers, and furharvesters. OSC features small groups and expert instruction. Since every attendee must be accompanied by an adult, it makes for an ideal weekend for father and sons - or fathers and daughters.

Classes will be held in wildlife habitat management, furharvesting, wingshooting, fishing, wild turkey hunting, and more. The intensive nature of the classes guarantees that youngsters will come away with a deepened passion and expertise.

Outdoor Skills Camp will be held at Rock Springs 4-H Camp, which is south of Junction City, and the camp is on October 1-2.

For more information, or to enroll, call Charlie Lee at (785) 532-5734.

+ Dan @ 07:42pm

Wednesday, June 1 2005

Outdoor Adventure Camp!

Outdoor Adventure Camp is sooner than usual this year, with this year’s camp scheduled for June 12-17.

If you have a child or grandchild who is between the ages of 10 and 12 this summer and who enjoys the outdoors, you want to act now to get your registration taken care of. This is a great opportunity for kids to get set on a course of a lifetime of outdoor adventures.

As always, the camp will be held at the Camp WaShunGa area of Rock Springs 4-H Center (just south of Junction City).

Mornings will be spent hiking the grounds at Rock Springs with instructors, getting a hands-on feel for how the various animals and plants live together in the place we call Kansas. Afternoons are spent learning about several general interest areas of the Kansas outdoors, including mammals, insects, birds, fish, and amphibians and reptiles. Instructors come from the ranks of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas State University, NRCS, County Conservation Districts, and other organizations.

Since the prairie doesn’t go to sleep at sundown, neither do the kids. Depending on the evening, they may be out and about prowling for owls, star-gazing, or watching bats gobble bugs. Daily dips in the pool are always on the agenda (sometimes twice) and there’s always a chance to sit around a campfire, eat s’mores, and tell stories. Always one evening, we go up to the pond and have a friendly bit of competition with a FISHING CONTEST!

Other activities planned are scavenger hunts; water sports to include swimming and canoeing; fishing; shooting sports to include rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, and pellet gun; arts and crafts; and even horseback riding. Kids will get to pick your choices for some of these activities and be able to participate in all if desired. OAC alsy includes a day-trip to the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery too.

Campers need to bring a swimsuit, suncreen, sleeping gear, and clothes for a week . Food, instruction, and lodging are all included in the price of the camp. Things like insect repellent, a cap, and a water bottle will also come in handy. The price for the entire week is $215. Space is limited.

If you need more information or an application, phone 785-526-7466 evenings or 785-658-2465 during the day, or you can e-mail questions to bergkwf@wtciweb.com.

+ Dan @ 01:56pm

Thursday, May 19 2005

See Kansas natural springs on Memorial Day

The Hillsboro Free Press has this terrific story on an upcoming tour of natural springs in the Flint Hills.

The tour is put on by the Peabody Historical Society, as part of their work to preserve the history of Marion County.

The tour includes nine springs, requires hiking shoes, and sounds like a terrific opportunity to see the Flint Hills. For tour reservations or more information, call 620-983-2438 or 620-983-2815.

I’m surprised none of the landowners in question are trying to make money off their springs. In Texas, springs like this are frequently swimming holes, with a little parking, a soda machine, and a few dollars for an entry fee. It’s a way to make money off an asset.

+ Dan @ 02:29pm

Tuesday, December 14 2004

KWF announces youth hunting essay contest

The Kansas Wildlife Federation, a statewide organization of hunters and anglers, is calling for essays from youth hunters who want to share their pride in the outdoors.

Youths ages 12 to 15 who live in Kansas are invited to submit essays for KWF’s essay contest on the theme “Why I’m Proud to Hunt.”

The winner will receive a free guided hunt from Paradise Adventures, Altoona, during the 2005 youth turkey season. KWF will reimburse the family for mileage needed to drive to Altoona.

These days, there are so many things for kids to do,” said Dan Ward, KWF’s executive director. “A lot of them keep kids indoors, so it’s important for the kids who hunt to share that tradition with their peers.” (more…)

+ Dan @ 07:57am

Wednesday, November 10 2004

Mountain lions in Kansas

The question of mountain lions in Kansas comes up pretty frequently. The predators seem to pass through the state from places like Colorado and New Mexico, but it’s doubtful they stay too long here.

A woman in Colby says she’s spotted a mountain lion near her place. Her neighbors seem to shrug it off:

Carson said others have seen the cat. “We all leave it alone,” she said. “We all get along with it.”

+ Dan @ 10:20am

Friday, September 24 2004

NWF: Sportsmen a Bigger Factor Than Ever

Our sister organization in the DC area, the National Wildlife Federation, recently this around to the 47 state affiliates, and it’s very interesting reading on how hunters and anglers are beginning to become important voting groups in elections:

CANDIDATES COURT SPORTSMEN

Even before NWF released its poll on the attitudes of hunters and anglers on key conservation issues back in July, members of Congress and even the presidential candidates themselves have been courting sportsmen to a greater extent than in years past. The Bush Administration has issued several executive orders, including one expanding hunting opportunities in wildlife refuges and one announcing the “Cooperative Conservation Conference” would be held next year (see this link for more.) It has launched The Bush Cheney ’04 Sportsmen’s Team site and posted several fact sheets on the Interior Department’s website defending its record.

Meanwhile, Senator Kerry has released his “Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights” and participated in a magazine interviews along with the President. He’s even taken the initiative to call prominent outdoor writers.

For its part, NWF continues call on both presidential candidates - and all politicians for that matter - to address the major conservation issues that are of concern to hunters and anglers, including the impacts of mercury pollution on recreational fishing, the impact of oil and gas development on key wildlife habitat and the continued loss of wetlands due to current government policies. In fact, NWF has just launched a new “Blueprint for the Conservation of America’s Wetlands” that sportsmen’s groups can endorse. Ultimately, members of Congress and other politicians will be asked whether they too support this more ambitious agenda that can truly help protect and restore wetlands.

For more information about the blueprint contact Julie Sibbing at Sibbing@nwf.org.

+ Dan @ 01:28pm

Friday, July 16 2004

The NRA Tangles with Outdoor Writers

The Washington Post carries this story detailing a spat between the National Rifle Association and the Outdoor Writers of America.

The quick summary: the NRA warned the Outdoor Writers against supporting organizations like the Sierra Club, saying these groups are anti-hunting. The board of the Outdoor Writers of America sent a letter strongly condemning the NRA’s stance, and making the suggestion that the NRA doesn’t care about hunting and the natural resources of our nation.

Plenty of fault on both sides, actually. The NRA’s priority is guns in and of themselves, and whether or not there’s anything to hunt with your rifle or shotgun seems pretty far down their list of priorities. It certainly seems outlandish for the NRA to maintain that it “has contributed more to preserve hunting lands than any organization in this country.” I’m sure that would come as news to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or Ducks Unlimited.

At the same time, it’s a little naive to think that there’s a natural friendship between the Sierra Club and hunters and anglers. When the Sierra Club magazine ran a piece called “Why I Hunt,” the article triggered a deluge of letters from members who were outraged that such a piece had sullied their newsletter. When Paul Watson ran for the organization’s Presidency, he made it clear his goal was to drive out hunters and anglers out of America’s National Forest lands.

We all want the same thing: a thriving outdoor world. But the vision of what we’re going to be allowed to do with it varies greatly from group to group, and it’s important to be honest about those differences.

+ Dan @ 01:23pm

Wednesday, May 26 2004

Outdoor Adventure Camp Enrollment Now Open

If you are a Kansas youngster - or have a youngster who will be between the ages of 10 and 12 this summer and who enjoys the outdoors - now is the time to make plans to attend Outdoor Adventure Camp. The camp will be held at the Camp WaShunGa area of Rock Springs 4-H Center (just south of Junction City) and runs from Saturday, July 17 through Thursday, July 22. Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) is sponsored by the Kansas Wildlife Federation and is open to all Kansas youngsters, male or female.

Mornings will be spent hiking the grounds at Rock Springs with instructors, getting a hands-on feel for how the various animals and plants live together in the place we call Kansas. Afternoons are spent learning about several general interest areas of the Kansas outdoors, including mammals, insects, birds, fish, and amphibians and reptiles. Instructors come from the ranks of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas State University, NRCS, County Conservation Districts, and other organizations.

Since the prairie doesn’t go to sleep at sundown, neither will you. Depending on the evening, you may be out and about prowling for owls, star-gazing, or watching bats gobble bugs. Daily dips in the pool are always on the agenda (sometimes twice) and you will get a chance to sit around a campfire, eat s’mores, and tell stories. Always one evening, we go up to the pond and have a friendly bit of competition with a FISHING CONTEST!

Other activities planned are scavenger hunts; water sports to include swimming and canoeing; fishing; shooting sports to include rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, and pellet gun; arts and crafts; and even horseback riding. You will get to pick your choices for some of these activities and be able to participate in all if you like. We always take a day-trip to the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery too.

So, a swimsuit, sleeping gear, and clothes you’ll wear for a week are about all you need to bring along. Food, instruction, and lodging are all included in the price of the camp. Things like sunscreen, insect repellent, a cap, and a water bottle are other things that will certainly come in handy. The price for the entire week is $215. Space is limited and the registration deadline is July 15.

Send your application and full fee to Theresa Berger, Outdoor Adventure Camp, 406 S. New York Ave, Sylvan Grove, Kansas 67481. Checks should be made out to the Kansas Wildlife Federation. If you need more information or an application, phone 785-526-7466 evenings or 785-658-2465 during the day. You can e-mail us at bergkwf@wtciweb.com.

+ Dan @ 03:11pm

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