Chili Cook-off and Archery Shoot at Lovewell State Park

Competition for whole family on Sept. 9; free entrance day

Lovewell State Park will hold its final special event of the season, a Chili Cook-off and 3-D archery shoot, on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Participants will register for the archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and shooting will be completed by noon, with competition in divisions for men, women, and youth, with prizes awarded in each division. A $10 donation is suggested to enter.

This will be followed by a “steel deer” competition — shooting at a steel deer silhouette with a hole in it — at noon. A $5 donation is suggested for this event. Prizes will be awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place shooters overall.

The chili cook-off will be held at the Lovewell Marina area. Chili cookers must register no later than 10 a.m. at the park office. The first 100 people who contribute $5 for a taste-testing ticket will be judges. Donations will be used for prizes at Lovewell State Park’s special events throughout the year. Judging tickets will be available at the cook-off area beginning at 12:30 p.m., and judging will start at 1 p.m. and end by 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place entries, by popular vote.

For more information, phone Lovewell State Park at 785-753-4971. Sunday is also a Free Park Entrance Day at Lovewell State Park. Vehicle permits are not required to enter the state park on that day, but camping permits are still required if camping overnight.

Guiding Permit Required on Public Lands

Hunting guides must obtain permit before guiding on public wildlife areas, other KDWPT-managed lands

At a June meeting of the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission, a new regulation regarding guide services on public lands was passed. Beginning with this fall’s hunting seasons, commercial guides must have a permit to guide on lands managed or owned by the department. The permit is free and available on the KDPWT, to guide on public lands. Click on “Hunting/Applications and Fees/Public Lands.” The permit must be specific to the land where guiding takes place. This includes public wildlife areas as well as Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) lands.

“Commercial guide” services means any commercial assistance to hunters, including providing any one or more of the following when used in conjunction with or for hunting activities: pack or riding livestock, transportation other than by commercial carrier, equipment, or facilities.

“Commercial” means that the recipient of the commercial guide services agrees to provide valuable consideration as compensation for the services, which are provided as part of a business relationship. Evidence of a business relationship shall include advertisement of the commercial guide services, written agreement of the terms of payment, or services provided by an employee of a commercial guide service.

Financial Re-LEAF for Forest & Grassland Workshop

“Financial Re-LEAF” will be held Wednesday, September 19th in Morris County at the Council Grove Wildlife Area. The workshop will begin at 9 am at the Canning Creek Campground, rain or shine.

Many people know the benefit that sustainably managed forests and grasslands provide for water quality, however, an upcoming workshop will also highlight the financial benefits that sustainable land management can provide to you, the landowner. Landowners and producers interested in sustainable and profitable forest and grassland management are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Financial Re-LEAF for Forests and Grassland” workshop. Here, education will be provided on field practices that not only impact water quality, but also provide a financial boost to the landowner’s bottom line.

The free event is sponsored by the Kansas Forest Service (KFS) and the Twin Lakes Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) group, with assistance from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT). The event is aimed toward educating landowners and producers within the Twin Lakes (Council Grove Reservoir) watershed, as well as adjacent areas.

The workshop will kick off with a welcome from Twin Lakes WRAPS coordinator Angela Anderson. Angela will give an overview of the Twin Lakes WRAPS project, as well as explain how WRAPS is working to enhance both land and water quality, while positively impacting the bottom line of area producers.

Participants will then hit the field for a session with the Kansas Forest Service on tree planting and maintenance techniques for establishing high quality timber and wildlife habitat. Attendees will then stroll to an existing woodland where Thad Rhodes, KFS District Forester, will discuss Forest Stand Improvement efforts recently performed by KFS and KDWPT – efforts aimed at enhancing quality timber species, as well as providing food and habitat for wildlife.

Following the woodland session, the workshop will switch to a grassland and “edge” focus – starting with an up-close look at the results of a summer grassland burn performed by KDWPT. Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area Manager for KDWPT will discuss how burning in summer has impacted brush management and the quality of habitat for wildlife species such as quail.

The in-field workshop will wrap up with a discussion on managing “edge” habitat for wildlife, the transition zone between forest and grassland that is critical for species such as deer, rabbits, and quail. The morning in-field events will conclude around 11:30 am, at which time participants will return to the Canning Creek campground for a 12 pm catered lunch.

During lunch, attendees will hear Billy Beck, KFS Watershed Forester, share information on a low cost stream bank stabilization technique that uses dead, cut cedar trees to reduce stream bank erosion. Beck will share photos from recent projects along with examples of gear required for installation, and will also touch on the economics of this unique practice.

Angela Anderson and members of the Morris County Conservation District will conclude the workshop with a discussion on available cost share that can make practices described throughout the event a reality to landowners. Speakers will be available following the event to talk one-on-one with attendees, if desired.

Please join us and bring other producers to this free event. Please RSVP by September 15 to Billy Beck, Kansas Forest Service, by calling (785) 532-3693 from 8 am to 5 pm, or by email at [email protected].  Feel free to leave a voice message outside of office hours. An RSVP from interested participants will help to provide an appropriate amount of lunches, snacks and beverages.

This event will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. A majority of the event will occur in the field, so mud boots and a portable chair may significantly increase your comfort level. Light off-road walking will be required, so if you need mobility assistance during the workshop, please contact Billy Beck for arrangements.   

Landowners and producers interested in enhancing water quality, as well as their bottom line, through sustainable forest and grassland management will definitely benefit from the September 19 “Financial Re-LEAF” event! Remember to RSVP immediately and by Saturday, September 15.

Because of bridge closures, attendees will be required to take the following route to Canning Creek Campground (route will be marked with signage): From Council Grove, head West on State Highway 56. Take Highway 56 to 1300/Lake Rd. and turn north. Follow 1300/Lake until it veers east and becomes

Lake Rd. Follow Lake Rd. east

 until you see the turnoff for Canning Creek Campground on the north side of the road. Turn north onto the campground road and follow signs to the event.


Cat predation on birds and small mammals is probably worse than you thought. 

Last month, The Wildlife Society and the American Bird Conservancy suggested that nearly a third of all free-roaming house cats are capturing and killing wildlife, resulting in an estimated loss of 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. This number far exceeds previous estimates.

This information was derived from a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia in partnership with the National Geographic Society’s Crittercam program. Local cat owners near Athens, Georgia, volunteered 60 of their outdoor house cats for the experiment in exchange for free health screenings for their pets. The cameras recorded the cats’ outdoor activities during all four seasons of the year, averaging five to six hours of outside time every day.

“The results were certainly surprising, if not startling,” said Kerrie Anne Loyd of the University of Georgia, who was the lead author of the study. The researchers found that about 30 percent of the sampled cats were successful in capturing and killing prey. Those cats averaged about one kill for every 17 hours spent outdoors, or 2.1 kills per week. What was also surprising was that less than a quarter of the cats brought their kills back home. The range of prey species was broad, too, including birds, lizards, voles, chipmunks, frogs, and small snakes.

The finding that cats would bring back under a quarter of their kills to the residence of their owners actually counters previous studies that have attempted to measure the impacts of domestic cats on wildlife. Earlier estimates of a billion birds and animals per year were based on dead animals that the cats would bring home. The KittyCams showed that almost half of the time cats would leave the prey at the capture site and slightly over a quarter were eaten and never brought home.

This University of Georgia study does not take into consideration the impacts of the estimated 60 million feral cats that roam the United States. This fact alone, suggests that the killing fields out there are huge!

Finally, the University of Georgia researchers also found that the house cats were engaging in risky activity outdoors such as crossing busy roads, entering tiny crawlspaces, and interacting with potentially diseased stranger cats.

A brochure for cat owners, designed to address both risky feline behavior and the high rate of wildlife predation, was developed by researchers and can be viewed here:

For more details from the American Bird Conservancy and The Wildlife Society, see here:

Celebrate Clean Water, Send in Your Fish Tale

It’s time to celebrate clean water thanks to the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. We wanted to let you know that NWF has just launched a photo event called “Share Your Fish Tales” that we plan to continue through mid-October.  We would love to have you and your organizations participate.  Through the “Fish Tale” event our goal is to reach as many anglers and fishing families as possible and have them communicate through their fish pics and tales why clean water and fishing matter to them.

            Here’s what is happening: Land Tawney has just kicked off the event with a personal blogon NWF’s website. He has shown his own Montana fish pics and told his fish tale and encouraged folks to do the same, by providing a link to post fish photos and short fish tales (200 words or less) on a dedicated Flickr site. As Land says, we not only want photos of you “gripping and grinning” with big fish, but photos of the waters they came from, and pictures of your child’s first fish and fishing experience. 

            We welcome your photos and stories as well as your assistance in getting the word out. Throughout September and early October, we plan to post guest blogs and otherwise share many of these pictures and stories, highlighting the importance of clean water to good fishing. We also want to share these messages with federal, state, and local decision makers.  We welcome your groups promoting this message and this event through your own websites and blogs.

            As every angler knows, clean water and good fishing go hand in hand. To honor the passage of the Clean Water Act and to help renew clean water protections for our streams, lakes, wetlands, and bays, please help us raise the chorus of sportsmen voices in support of the Clean Water Act.

            If you have questions or ideas for joining the celebration, please feel free to contact Land Tawney or Jan Goldman-Carter.

            Here are some sample tweets to distribute to your networks:

Celebrate #CleanWater and share your fish tales and photos with us

NWF is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the #CleanWaterAct. Tell us why you love #CleanWater

NWF is hosting a photo event to celebrate #CleanWater. Share your fish tales and photos with us

KC Catfish Midwest Open Championship at Atchison, KS Sept. 16

KC Catfish presents the Midwest Open Championship (open to all) on Sunday, September 16 at Independence Park in AtchisonKS. $2000, first place-guaranteed! Registration opens at 4:30 am, launch is at 7 am and the weigh in is at 4 pm. You can pre-register for the reduced rate of $125, but pre-entries must be postmarked by Monday,September 10. Entry fee the day of the tournament will be $145.

Since this is a Sunday daylight tournament, come on out and do some pre-fishing on Saturday! Atchison‘s a cool little town, there’s plenty to do. Mention that you’re fishing our tournament and receive discounted rates at the Super 8 (913- 367-7666) or AmericInn (913-367-4000).

Dove Banding Program Provides Valuable Information

Hunters urged to watch for bands on harvested doves

September 1 marks the start of the 2012 hunting seasons with dove season opening day. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) officials remind dove hunters to check harvested doves for leg bands. For the last 10 years, biologists in Kansas, as well as those in most other states, have banded mourning doves each summer in an effort to gain information about population size, harvest, and migration patterns.

Dove bands, small aluminum rings with unique nine-digit codes attached around the lower leg, are smaller versions of the leg bands used on ducks and geese that hunters may be more familiar with. KDWPT staff and volunteers banded more than 3,000 doves in 2012, and more than 20,000 in the last 10 years all across the state. The majority of banded doves recovered in Kansas were banded in Kansas, with birds banded in MissouriIowa andNebraska also commonly harvested. Birds banded in Kansas are also frequently recovered in TexasMissouri, and Oklahoma, and as far away as southern Mexico.

Banded doves should be reported using the toll free phone number (800-327-BAND) or website printed on the band ( Banding data is an important component of bird research that benefits both bird populations as well as hunters. By reporting bands, hunters are helping KDWPT better manage dove populations. For more information on doves, dove hunting, and dove banding, visit the “Dove Banding Study page on KDWPT’s website (, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory webpage ( or

Correction: Kinsley Kids Klassic Sept. 15

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 06:33 AM PDT
Aug. 31, 2012
PRATT — An Aug. 30, 2012, news release from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) announced in its opening paragraph that the annual Kinsley Kids Klassic trap shooting tournament for young shooters will be held on Sept. 17. This date is in error. The correct date is Sept. 15. The date did appear correctly in the article’s title.
For details, visit the KDWPT website, The registration deadline for the event is Sept. 10. To enter, receive an official program, receive more information, or find out where to practice close to home, phone toll free at 1-888-324-5445.

Governor pleads to conserve Ogallala

By Mike Corn

Hays Daily News

Conserving water and extending the life of the Ogallala Aquifer is a “moral responsibility,” Hoxie Feedyard manager Scott Foote told irrigators.

“If we do nothing, we know exactly where we’re going,” he said. “It’s our moral responsibility, and we owe it to our families. We need to do something.”

Foote’s message came in the final moments of the first of two meetings on the future of the Ogallala, gatherings organized by Governor Sam Brownback as part of his initiative on conserving and extending the life of the aquifer, the driving force behind the economy in the western third of the state.

The meeting in Scott City was the most direct push for conservation in the year since Brownback called a summit in Colby to talk about water use from the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation.

It’s likely Foote’s words will carry weight.

He and other water users in western Sheridan County are asking to voluntarily cut water use by approximately 20 percent through a new program OK’d by the Kansas Legislature this year. The first of two hearings on that request will be Sept. 13 in Hoxie.

As well, Hoxie Feedyard is perhaps the biggest driving force of the Sheridan County economy, and Foote’s family now owns Lane County Feeders, located north of Dighton, and Pioneer Feedyard in Oakley, buying corn and feed from area farmers.

“We hope you do something too,” he said of conserving water.

Foote’s comments came after Brownback was asked if the state would force irrigators to conserve if they don’t take it upon themselves.

“I don’t have a plan to take it from you,” Gov. Sam Brownback said of water rights held by irrigators. “We don’t have the money to buy it.”

He did, however, offer state resources — in terms of computer modeling or economic analysis — so farmers can see what the future might hold if they conserve.

“We can provide the technical expertise,” Brownback said.

Kansas Geological Survey groundwater guru Brownie Wilson showed a model suggesting the life of wells could be extended by more than 20 years simply by reducing water use by 30 percent.

Marienthal irrigator Greg Graff — president of the Scott City-based Groundwater Management District No. 1 and a member of the Ogallala Aquifer Advisory Committee — said farmers can do nothing.

“We’ll get to the point where we’ll still have drinking water, but most of the irrigation will be gone,” Graff said. “The question is how quickly do you want to do that?”

Graff said the district he heads up is watching closely the conservation plan now under way in Sheridan County and is looking at similar scenarios in its district, either across the entire GMD or in particular areas.

Water, Brownback said, will be worth more in 20 years than it is now.

“That’s why we’re pleading with you, start the process,” he said of conserving water. “Take all the time you need. It’s a moral obligation. I’m not going to do it. It’s a local issue.”

Brownback said the meeting and the push for conservation has been prompted by past experience.

“The path we’re on ends poorly,” he said. “And we know it.”

Wild Turkey Federation State Youth Camp Sept. 15-16

At two-day event, kids can camp out and learn archery, shotgun shooting, crafts, more

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 2012 NWTF Kansas State JAKES Camp for youth on Sept. 15-16 at Camp Alexander, near Emporia. JAKES stand for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, and the acronym is also a common name for young male wild turkeys.

The cost of this event is $20 for JAKES members, $30 for non-JAKES members, and $20 for adults. Youth 17 years old and younger get to select from 15 activities in which to participate, including fishing, first aid in the field, air rifle, small game animals, arts and crafts, nature hikes and birding, firearms handling and safety, shotgun live fire, turkey calling, archery, sporting dogs, GPS, JAKES Take Aim range, and game calling.

Ralph Duren, two-time Grand National turkey calling champion, will present “Calls of the Wild” and will entertain campers later around the campfire Saturday night. Youth attending can participate in the 3rd Annual NWTFKansas State youth turkey calling contest Saturday evening.

Attendees may choose to tent camp Saturday night or commute. Top-notch meals will be provided both days. Last year’s Kansas State JAKES Camp was awarded the NWTF “Best State JAKES Event” at this year’s NWTF National Convention in NashvilleTenn.

For more information or a registration form, contact Gib Rhodes at 620-437-2012.