Monthly Archives: February 2018

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism earns national conservation award

 

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism received a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for managing public lands to provide quality habitat and quality hunting experiences.

A representative of the KDWPT accepted the Land Stewardship award during the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, TN.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

KDWPT has a long history of collaborating with the NWTF and other nongovernmental organizations to accomplish habitat restoration and conservation projects on the 126 wildlife areas across the state.

“From their staff to their habitat and wildlife conservation projects, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is leading the way in collaborative endeavors,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “We are proud to partner with such a dedicated agency to put boots on the ground to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”

Deer harvest surveys e-mailed to select hunters

 

Hunters who purchased a deer permit for the 2017-2018 deer seasons are asked to take a close look at their e-mail inbox and spam folder as they may have been randomly selected to complete a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Deer Harvest Survey.

 

The e-mail will come from the address [email protected] with the subject line  “2017-18 Deer Harvest Survey,” and it only takes about three minutes to complete. Even if a hunter didn’t hunt after purchasing a permit, or was unsuccessful, they are still encouraged to complete the survey as all information is important to staff.

 

Data gathered from the survey helps staff estimate the number of deer killed, hunter success rates and activity, hunter opinions and more, all of which help biologists develop deer management policies and hunting regulations.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation announces their 2018 Friends of the Flint Hills

 

The Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Scott and Carol Ritchie, Wichita, Kan., will be recognized as the 2018 Friends of the Flint Hills. The Friends of the Flint Hills recognition honors those who have contributed significant time, effort and resources to the cause of conserving the Flint Hills of Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Scott and Carol have spent most of their lives enjoying the great national treasure that is the Kansas Flint Hills. They promote sustainable range management practices and protect the Flint Hills region from invasive development; and they have supported a range of nonprofits who utilize and advocate for the Flint Hills.  We are proud to acknowledge and recognize their love of the Flint Hills.

 

The Friends of the Flint Hills honor has been presented by the Foundation annually since the Discovery Center opened in 2012. Those previously recognized and honored:  Jane Koger, 2012; Brian Obermeyer, 2013; Kansas State University, 2014; Jim & Cathy Hoy, 2015; Nancy Kassebaum, 2016; and Symphony in the Flint Hills, 2017.

 

The Ritchies will be honored on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan. The social hour begins at 6 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm.

 

Other important Foundation events you will want to attend this spring: the three public screening of Dave Kendall’s latest film project, PRAIRIE WOMEN: Engaging Women of the Flint Hills.

 

The first screening will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2 pm at the Granada Theatre in Emporia.  The second screening will be on Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 pm at the Wareham Theatre in Manhattan, with a reception immediately following at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. During the reception, you will have the opportunity to meet Dave, and his wife Laura, and personally thank them for their dedication to capturing the various aspects of the Flint Hills region. The third screening is on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2 pm at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene.   Admission is free to Dave’s public screenings, however, your contributions at the door help support Dave’s outstanding work. Please go to Dave’s website – Prairie Hollow Productions at https://www.prairiehollow.net/events/ and register to attend one of the screenings in your area.  The Foundation functions as the fiscal agent for Dave’s film work, and processes its charitable gifts.

Spring Turkey Permits Available over-the-counter and online March 1

 

Everyone likes a good sale, and hunters are no exception. That’s why the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is giving turkey hunters the equivalent of an “early bird special” (pun intended) by offering discounted spring turkey permit/game tag combos through March 31.

Hunters who purchase spring turkey combos between March 1 and March 31 can save $7.50 when compared to purchasing the spring turkey permit and turkey game tag separately after March 31.

 

2018 SPRING TURKEY SEASON DATES

YOUTH/DISABLED SEASON: APRIL 1-17, 2018

ARCHERY SEASON: APRIL 9-17, 2018

REGULAR SEASON: APRIL 18 – MAY 31, 2018

 

Any resident or nonresident hunter may purchase a turkey permit (good for one bearded turkey) valid in units 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. Hunters with a spring turkey permit are eligible to purchase one spring turkey game tag (good for one additional bearded turkey) valid only in units 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

 

In addition to a turkey permit and game tag, spring turkey hunters must also possess a valid Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by law.

 

For more on the Kansas spring turkey season, visit www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Applications-and-Fees