Daily Archives: February 20, 2014

Council Grove Youth Turkey Hunt April 5

Hunters age 11-16 are invited to participate; registration deadline March 21

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), in cooperation with area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will sponsor a youth turkey hunt April 5 near Council Grove. Participation is open to all youth age 11-16, and there is no cost to attend. Limited slots are available and the deadline to apply is March 21.
Participants in this hunt will pattern shotguns and scout for turkeys the evening before the hunt on April 4. Early on April 5, they will be guided on public and private land to some of the best turkey hunt spots the area has to offer. The event will also include door prizes, a turkey hunting presentation, and breakfast and lunch for the hunters.
Lodging is available in nearby Council Grove, and camping is available at Council Grove Reservoir.
For more information or to register for this event, contact KDWPT public land manager Brent Konen at (620) 767-5900.

Kansas Forest Service hires Forester for Northwest Kansas

Bryan Peterson will serve a 24-county district working directly with farmers, ranchers, and landowners

The Kansas Forest Service is pleased to announce the employment of Bryan Peterson, who will begin serving as the northwest district forester, located in Hays, beginning Monday, March 3. Peterson’s office will be located in the area Natural Resource Conservation Office (NRCS).
Peterson has a double major in Forest Management and Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and most recently has been managing the Midland Marketing Coop in Palco.
Peterson will provide services in a 24-county district, working directly with farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in planting and renovating windbreaks and he will assist communities manage and care for their trees. Peterson will also provide assistance with tree health concerns associated with drought, insects and disease.
Additional information about the services Peterson will provide and the district he covers can be found on atwww.kansasforests.org/programs/rural/services.shtml.
Peterson replaces Jim Strine, who served 35 years to the people of Kansas as a District Forester. Jim join0ed the KWF Board of Directors in July as a Director at Large. Jim’s expertise in forest and riparian habitats and his long-time experience in northwestKansas will provide excellent guidance as a member of the KWF Board.

Trout Season runs through Mid-April

Kansas offers winter trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes

Kansas might not be the first state that comes to your mind when you think of trout fishing, but don’t be fooled – the Sunflower State has created spectacular winter fishing opportunities by stocking more than 30 different public fishing locations with this spotted fish.
Through April 15, anglers can try their luck at trout fishing in both Type 1 and Type 2 waters. Type 1 waters stocked with trout require all anglers to possess a $12.50 trout permit, while Type 2 waters require only those fishing for or possessing trout to purchase the permit. The $12.50 permit is valid for the calendar year and can be purchased wherever licenses are sold and online at ksoutdoors.com.
Residents 16-74 years old, and all non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. The daily creel limit is five trout unless otherwise posted. Anglers 15 and younger may fish without a trout permit, but are limited to two trout per day, or they may purchase a permit and take five trout per day. Possession limit for trout is 15.
Trout fishing at Mined Land Wildlife Area No. 30 (Cherokee County), where trout survive through the summer, requires a trout permit year-round. For a complete list of waters stocked with trout, as well as rules and regulations, consult the2014 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary, or visit ksoutdoors.com.