Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kansas Wildlife Federation Day Camp at TimberRidge

The Kansas Wildlife Federation Day Camp at TimberRidge on June 11th is just about full. If you are planning to register your boy or girl (10-12 years old), it is suggested that you register as soon as possible. You may download the application and get other detailed information at

All equipment is supplied for the kids. This year the organization fishing’s future is supplying fishing supplies for kids to take home plus a fishing rod & reel to be given

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NRA Women on Target Event May 24

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is hosting a Women On Target instructional shooting clinic Saturday, May 24 at the Capital City Gun Club in Topeka. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to shoot shotguns, rifles, handguns and bows. No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided.

The cost is $50.00 to attend and space is limited, so pre-registration is required. There is no age requirement, however participants under the age 18 should attend with an adult. Lunch will be provided and each participant will go home with a goodie bag and t-shirt.

To download a registration form, visit and click on the Women On Target logo. Registration forms must be turned in no later than May 15.

For more information, contact Jennifer Haugh at (785) 806-0765 or by email at [email protected].

Angler Education Certification Course May 17

Become certified to teach fishing in Kansas by attending an instructor course

Fishing’s Future and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are looking to enlist up to 40 anglers who want to become volunteer instructors to teach fishing techniques. Interested anglers should enroll in the instructor course that will be taught on May 17 at LakeHenry in ClintonState Park, 798 N. 1415 Rd., Lawrence. The course will run 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and although the class is not a requirement to teach, those in attendance will be given valuable information about working with children, sample curriculums, and tips for preparing a class or clinic. Other topics covered in the four-hour class will include current fishing rules and regulations, species identification, fishing ethics, equipment, knot-tying, casting, fish habitat, aquatic nuisance species, and conservation.

Anglers interested in registering can sign up at Click “upcoming events,” then “Kansas Angler Education Training Program.”

For more information, contact Fishing’s Future local coordinator Kevin Reich at [email protected], or by phone at (785) 577-6921.

Parking will be available on the hill above LakeHenry. The lot by the lake is reserved for disabled anglers. If there is inclement weather, the course will be moved to the park building.

Three Kansas State Parks Make “Top 36 Stunning State Parks” List

Out of more than 7,500 U.S. state parks, Kansas makes the list three times

While compiling a list of some of our country’s best state parks, The Active Times couldn’t ignore the state ofKansas; in fact, they couldn’t ignore the sunflower state three times. Out of more than 7,500 U.S. state parks to choose from, three Kansas state parks made the media group’s “36 Stunning U.S. State Parks” list. KanopolisState Park was listed No. 14, Lake Scott State Park No. 23, and Wilson State Park No. 34.

The following write-ups accompanied a photo of each park in the publication:

Kanapolis State Park

This state park is situated amidst the striking Smoky Hills region of Kansas and is treasured for its many miles of hiking trails that meander through canyons, prairies, and wooded creek bottoms. The sublime Dakota sandstone bluffs and craggy HorsethiefCanyon decorate the park and its surrounding area presenting pristine views of what’s considered some ofKansas’ most stunning scenery.

Lake ScottState Park

Named to National Geographic’s list of the country’s 50 must-see state parks, this aptly named “stunning oasis” has everything you could want in a park. Spanning 1,020 acres, the natural features include wooded canyons, rugged bluffs and fresh springs. LakeScott is large enough to accommodate boating and fishing and the extensive trail system allows horseback riding. With more than 26 archeological sites in the area, the remarkable features are more than just aesthetically pleasing.

Wilson State Park

This 945-acre park is tucked away in the center of the Smoky Hills and is well attended for the scenery its location affords. Hiking trails offer unrivaled views of native Kansas prairie and the Wilson Reservoir. Camping accommodations and cabins are available throughout the park and land is dedicated to mountain biking, fishing and hunting (in season only).

The next time you plan a family outing or a weekend on the lake, consider checking out one of Kansas’ many list-worthy state parks before crossing state lines. You just might find something stunning right here at home.

To view the complete list of The Active Times’ “36 Stunning U.S. State Parks,” visit

Ring-necked Pheasant (male)

Pheasant,_Common_male_q2c2052a_std Credit by Alan D. Wilson

The Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus Linnaeus) is a chicken-like bird that arrived in North America from China in the 1800s and became established by the end of the 19th century. A critical requirement of ring-necked pheasants is a mixture of different habitats in close proximity to provide for all the foraging, nesting, brood-rearing, roosting, and escape cover. Hedgerows and fencerows along agricultural land provide protective cover as does the leeward side of willows. The combination of thickets and native grasses near agricultural land is very beneficial since pheasants consume seeds and grains. In Kansas, wheat stubble is particularly effective. Pheasant populations have declined in the face of intense fire control, chemical eradication of nesting and protective cover, over grazing, and mowing of vegetative buffers along highways. Consequently, it is not surprising that pheasant populations have responded to improved habitat provided by the USDA Conservation Reserve Program. For more information visit the websites for Pheasants Forever; and, Quail and Upland Wildlife.

Doting on Young Wildlife can be Deadly

Young animals may appear alone, but that doesn’t mean they’re abandoned

Stumbling upon a seemingly-abandoned nest of young cottontails may have you thinking it’s time to make a trip to the store for a cardboard box and some carrots, but this act of kindness may actual kill the very wildlife you’re trying to “save.” Every year, well-intentioned people attempt to “rescue” what they assume to be neglected young, often with deadly consequences. In almost all cases of young wildlife found alone in the wild, the mother is typically feeding nearby, keeping a distant eye on her offspring. When concerned individuals decide to retrieve these young animals and care for them, they are unintentionally giving the young a premature death sentence.

The notion that a young animal found in the wild will die if not given care is wrong. Not only are most young found in the wild not abandoned, picking them up is against the law. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have regulations against such activity that can result in a fine up to $1,000 or more. In addition to legal repercussions, wild animals can pose a number of health risks, including diseases such as distemper, rabies, Lyme disease, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, tularemia and more.

Additionally, if a “rescued” animal were to bite someone, it must be put to death and tested for diseases. Even if they don’t bite, the young usually fail to survive in captivity because most people are not equipped to handle wild animals, especially as they mature. On the off chance the animal does survive in captivity, it typically loses instincts that allow it to survive in the wild.

It is important to remember that although young wildlife may be cute, they belong in the wild. Wild animals cannot legally be inoculated by veterinarians, and few people really know how to care for them.

If you should see a young animal in the wild this spring or summer, observe at a distance and consider yourself lucky. But remember, just because they are temporarily alone, that doesn’t mean they are abandoned.

If you really want to help, leave young in the wild where they were born and belong.

If you find an injured animal, a list of licensed rehabilitators can be found at, by clicking “Services/Rehabilitation.”

Women’s Beginner Shooting Clinic May 31

Participants will get to shoot shotguns, handguns, bows, and more during this one-day clinic

You don’t have to own a gun or even know how to properly load one to attend the upcoming Shooting Skills for Women event on May 31. In fact, the less you know, the better. Designed for women who are interested in the shooting sports with little to no experience, this one-day event will provide participants with the opportunity to shoot shotguns; handguns; small caliber, big bore, and black powder rifles; and archery equipment. No experience is required, and all guns and equipment will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Kansas Bowhunters Association, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Lil’ Toledo Lodge, and the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association. Participants can learn the ins and outs of shooting in a controlled, low-pressure atmosphere with women who share a similar interest.

This annual event will once again be held at Lil’ Toledo Lodge, 10600 170th Rd, Chanute. Participants must be 18 or older to attend and must pre-register. The event will be open to the first 35 women to register and will cost $45.00 to attend. Participants will enjoy lunch and refreshments courtesy of the Kansas Bowhunters Association, as well as a prize drawing.

For more information, or to sign up for this event, contact Stacy Hageman at (620) 672-5911.

The Secret to Painlessly Removing Ticks

It can start with pain, itching, redness and swelling in the area of the skin, and in more pronounced cases, it can include fever, headache, fatigue, and/or a skin rash. The culprit is a tick bite, and if left untreated, it can lead to Lyme disease, which can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.

According to Lauren Allen, who just completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in communication media studies and journalism from DePaulUniversity, and writing for ( , “you can have a tick (or three) burrowed in your skin without even feeling a thing.” She notes that ticks are usually most active from April until September.

But she also reveals that removing ticks, once an onerous task using tweezers (which often did not remove the tick and was impossible to use for some parts of the body) is now a swab of cotton balls away.

Her advice:

• Apply a dime sized dollop of dish or hand soap onto a damp paper towel, tissue, or cotton ball.

• Cover the tick with the soap-saturated tissue or cotton ball, and hold in place for a few seconds (15-20).

• The tick will come out all on its own and will be stuck on the towel or cotton ball when you lift it away.

Look for tick bites under arms, behind ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between legs, around the waist and through hair. Also make sure to check any gear that was taken along, including clothing. A helpful tip is to put clothes in the dryer on high heat for at least an hour. It’s also a good idea to shower as soon as possible.

Ticks are small but they can cause big problems, so be vigilant when walking in outdoors and take the proper precautions. To read the complete story, visit