Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission Meeting Aug. 23 at Great Bend

Duck, goose season dates to highlight public hearing

The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center

592 NE K156 Highway

, northeast of Great Bend. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m., and the evening session will begin at 7 p.m.

The afternoon session will begin with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period on the following topics:

♦ Secretary’s remarks;

♦ agency and state fiscal status;

♦ 2013 Legislature;

♦ feral swine control efforts in Kansas;

♦ Tourism Division briefing;

♦ waterfowl management briefing;

♦ Cheyenne Bottoms signage project; and

♦ big game permanent regulations.

The afternoon will also include a workshop session, in preparation for potential future regulatory action, covering preliminary recommendations on the following regulations:

♦ fishing regulations;

♦ spring turkey regulations;

♦ park fees;

♦ alcohol on Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism property;

♦ scoring methods for poaching penalty;

♦ senior hunt-fish licenses/pass pricing; and

♦ agritourism regulations.

The commission will recess at 5 p.m., then reconvene at 7 p.m. at the same location for a public hearing on the following regulations:

♦ KAR 115-14 series on falconry;

♦ KAR 115-18-1 — wildlife rehabilitation permit, application, reporting and general provisions, new regulation; and

♦ late migratory bird seasons.

Time will be set aside in both the afternoon and evening sessions for public comment on topics that are not on the agenda. If necessary, the commission will recess on Aug. 23 and reconvene at the same location at 9 a.m., Aug. 24, to complete unfinished business.

Live video and audio streaming of this meeting will be broadcast through the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com.

2012 Kansas Hunting Atlas Coming Soon

Atlas locates all Walk-In Hunting Access areas and public wildlife areas

Want hunting access to one million acres of private land? The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) provides just that and more in the 2012 KansasHunting Atlas. This essential hunting tool includes maps showing locations of Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) areas and public wildlife areas and will be available online at the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com, the week of Aug. 27. Click “Hunting/Where to Hunt inKansas” to find a link to the document. Printed copies of the atlas will be available in late August or early September at KDWPT offices and hunting license vendors around the state.

The atlas provides dozens of full-page maps covering the entire state. Online visitors can view and print the complete atlas or select specific maps. Hunters can also download maps to GPS units for easy navigation. Each map includes an index listing the game species most likely to occur on properties listed.
For information on hunting seasons and regulations, copies of the 2012 Kansas Hunting & Furharvesting Regulations Summary will be available at KDWPT offices and license vendors the first week in September, but hunters can view or download the complete publication from the KDWPT website after the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting Aug. 23. Type “Hunting Regulations” in the search box at the department’s homepage or click “Hunting/Hunting Regulations.

Governor Appoints Marshall to Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission

Great Bend doctor an active outdoorsman

`Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Monday the appointment of Roger Marshall, M.D., Great Bend, to the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission.Marshall replaces Frank Meyer, Herington, whose second term on the commission expired in at the end of June.

Marshall lives in Great Bend and was born and raised in Butler County. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University and graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting upland birds, waterfowl, and turkeys, as well as bowhunting deer, fishing, and boating.

Marshall and his wife of 29 years have four children. He operates an obstetrics and gynecology private practice in Great Bend and serves as the chairman of the Great Bend Regional Hospital Maternal and Child Health Service. He also served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1984 to 1991.

The seven-member KWPT Commission is made up of no more than four members of any one political party. Members are appointed by the Governor and serve staggered four-year terms. The commission advises the agency’s Secretary on planning and policy issues. Regulations approved by the commission are adopted and administrated by the Secretary.

Dr. Marshall can be reached through his e-mail address of [email protected].