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KDWPT News UpdateWings & Wetlands Festival May 3-4 In Great BendLearn About Using Fire To Manage GrasslandKansas Turkeys Are GobblingKDWPT Secretary Loveless Confirmed By SenateCommission Approves Hunting Seasons, Removal of Duplicate License FeeGlen Elder Walleye Carrying TransmittersApplications For Coveted Kansas Nonresident Deer Permits Accepted Through April 26Youth Turkey Hunt Planned in Council GroveWildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission To Meet In TopekaWestar Energy Invites Youth To Turkey Hunt

http://ksoutdoors.com/ Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism News Update en-US [email protected] (Jon Henry) Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:25:18 +0000 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:25:17 +0000 eZ Components Feed dev (http://ezcomponents.org/docs/tutorials/Feed) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/4-16-19-Wings-Wetlands-Festival/Wings-Wetlands-Festival-May-3-4-In-Great-Bend <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/4-16-19-wings-wetlands-festival/wings-wetlands-festival-may-3-4-in-great-bend/517217-1-eng-US/Wings-Wetlands-Festival-May-3-4-In-Great-Bend.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Wings & Wetlands Festival May 3-4 In Great Bend” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>GREAT BEND – Mix two of the world’s finest wetlands at peak migration times, add 100-plus birders from around the nation and expert local guides and what do you get? It’s the fantastic two-day event called the Wings &amp; Wetlands Festival (W&amp;WF) – one of America’s top wetland birding celebrations. </p><p>The 2019 W&amp;WF is slated for May 3-4, and is based out of Great Bend, putting participants just minutes away from the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Cheyenne Bottoms is the largest inland marsh in North America, attracting 45 percent of the shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere, and Quivira is a world-renowned birding destination that should be on every birder’s bucket list. The two legendary areas total nearly 50,000 acres of outstanding wetland habitat!</p><p>The event is sponsored by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, The Nature Conservancy, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Kansas Birding Festival, Inc. and the City of Great Bend.</p><p>Register at nature.org/wingsandwetlands. The cost is $225, which includes guided birding trips, workshops, educational events and several meals. Guided tours to nearby greater prairie chicken leks can also be arranged for an additional cost. Participants must arrange for lodging and there are many great choices in Great Bend listed at visitgreatbend.com.</p><p>Up to 150 bird species may be observed, ranging from rare whooping cranes to shy, fist-sized rails. And it’s not uncommon to have thousands of waterfowl in the area at that time, with all males in gorgeous breeding plumage. Upland habitats will hold many species of sparrows, meadowlarks, game birds and raptors. Wooded areas should be brightly decorated with migrating warblers and other great finds. Raptors observed range from captivating burrowing owls to majestic bald eagles.</p><p>Go online or call the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 877-243-9268 for more information.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) 1f0526e330246131544498024ef4a605 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:54:36 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/4-10-19-Burn-Workshop/Learn-About-Using-Fire-To-Manage-Grassland <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/4-10-19-burn-workshop/learn-about-using-fire-to-manage-grassland/517070-2-eng-US/Learn-About-Using-Fire-To-Manage-Grassland.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Learn About Using Fire To Manage Grassland” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>HOLTON – Land managers who want to learn about prescribed burning should make plans to attend a fire workshop in Holton on April 17, 2019. The workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m. at the Banner Creek Observatory and Science Center, 22275 N Road, Holton (west of Holton 2 miles on Highway 16 to N Road, then south about 1 mile).</p><p>Attendees, who must register by April 16, will learn the basics of prescribed burning, timing of burns for best results, firebreaks, necessary equipment and how to use it, safety and weather, and burn planning. A hands-on burn demonstration will follow the workshop, so participants should wear leather boots and bring leather gloves.</p><p>To register and get more details about the workshop, contact conservation district manager, Brian Boekman at (785) 364-3329 ext. 136 or [email protected] Quail Forever will provide pizza for attendees, and other sponsors include the Jackson County Conservation District, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the United States Department of Agriculture.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) 974df4114aae17e09929668cc72b993e Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:15:07 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/04-5-19/Kansas-Turkeys-Are-Gobbling <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/04-5-19/kansas-turkeys-are-gobbling/516903-1-eng-US/Kansas-Turkeys-Are-Gobbling.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Kansas Turkeys Are Gobbling” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>PRATT – The 2019 turkey season is upon us, and for many hunters, this is the best time of the year to be in the woods. To a turkey hunter, there’s nothing quite like the sound of a turkey gobble booming through the timber.</p><p>April 1 marked the opening of the season for youth and hunters with disabilities. On April 8, the archery season will open and the regular season opens April 17. During the regular season, which goes through May 31, anyone with a valid turkey permit may hunt with shotgun or archery equipment.</p><p>All turkey hunters must have a turkey permit, available for purchase over the counter and online, and a hunting license, unless exempt. Once the spring turkey permit is purchased, a hunter may also purchase one turkey game tag, allowing the hunter to kill two turkeys during the spring season. Only turkeys with visible beards are legal to take in the spring season. Permits are valid in turkey management units 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. A limited number of Unit 4 (southwest) spring turkey permits were issued through a lottery draw in March.</p><p>During the season for youth and hunters with disabilities (April 1-16, 2019) qualified hunters may use any legal equipment. If they don’t fill their tags, they may also hunt during the regular season. During the archery season (April 8-16, 2019), hunters may hunt only with archery equipment, which includes, long, recurve, and compound bows, and crossbows. During the regular season (April 17-May 31, 2019) all unfilled permits are valid and hunters my hunt with shotguns, using shot sizes 2-9, and archery equipment.</p><p>More than 300,000 acres are enrolled in the Spring Walk-in Hunting Access (WIHA) program and hunters are reminded that the atlas printed last fall also includes the spring WIHA tracts. Additional Spring WIHA acres, enrolled after the atlas was printed and can be viewed at ksoutdoors.com under “Where To Hunt.” An ArcGIS Explorer app for smartphones and tablets and Garmin GPS and Google Earth files, which include all WIHA tracts are available for download on the page, as well.</p><p>Be safe this turkey season. Always assume any sound you hear in the woods is made by another hunter. Never wave or motion to an approaching hunter; always yell or whistle to let them know of your position. One of the Ten Commandments of hunting safely is to always identify your target and what lies beyond it, and that is crucial for being safe but also being legal; only birds with visible beards are legal to harvest.</p><p>Kansas provides some of the best turkey hunting in the Midwest, and hunters can pursue two subspecies, the Eastern and the Rio Grande. And even if your calls don’t lure a bird within shotgun range on a morning hunt, you can still enjoy a beautiful spring day in the woods. Find all the information you need at www.ksoutdoors.com</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) a167ab4649d6a60c57852886699ea07b Fri, 05 Apr 2019 22:05:25 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/04-5-19-Loveless-Confirmed/KDWPT-Secretary-Loveless-Confirmed-By-Senate <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/04-5-19-loveless-confirmed/kdwpt-secretary-loveless-confirmed-by-senate/516877-1-eng-US/KDWPT-Secretary-Loveless-Confirmed-By-Senate.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”KDWPT Secretary Loveless Confirmed By Senate” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>TOPEKA – Brad Loveless was confirmed by the Senate today as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Governor Laura Kelly appointed Loveless in January 2019.</p><p>“Secretary Loveless is an experienced, respected leader of conservation and environmental programs in Kansas,” said Gov. Kelly. “I look forward to working with him to foster responsible stewardship of our natural resources and promote the state’s fantastic travel destinations and outdoor recreation opportunities.”</p><p>“I am grateful to Governor Kelly for the chance to lead an organization that I greatly respect and have worked with for many years,” said Secretary Loveless. “I have had the pleasure of getting to know many previous secretaries as well as the biologists, land managers and administrative staff. They’re great people and I look forward to working with them to serve this wonderful state.”</p><p>Loveless joined the department after a 34-year career with Westar Energy where he was most recently the senior director of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Prior to that position, he was director of biology and conservation programs and earlier held environmental management positions at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. He also served as a leader of Westar’s Green Team, an active volunteer group of employees and retirees that helps with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species. A fisheries biologist by training, he is an avid angler, hunter and beekeeper.</p><p>– 30 –</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) 0f19e30548a5ccebc1e8875cd9f0f1ef Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:42:03 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/4-3-19-Commission-Approves-Seasons-Duplicate-Fee-Removal/Commission-Approves-Hunting-Seasons-Removal-of-Duplicate-License-Fee <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/4-3-19-commission-approves-seasons-duplicate-fee-removal/commission-approves-hunting-seasons-removal-of-duplicate-license-fee/516808-1-eng-US/Commission-Approves-Hunting-Seasons-Removal-of-Duplicate-License-Fee.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Commission Approves Hunting Seasons, Removal of Duplicate License Fee” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>PRATT – During the public hearing portion of its March 28 meeting, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commission voted on several items, to include greater flexibility in hunting equipment and approving 2019-2020 big game season dates. However, the first order of business during the public hearing session may have outdoor enthusiasts excited for an entirely different reason. Commissioners approved staff recommendations to eliminate a $10 fee previously associated with obtaining a duplicate license or permit. Beginning in early May, KDWPT customers who require a replacement license or permit will be able to reprint any license or permit purchased online for free or simply pay a $2.50 fee through a license vendor.</p><p>Other items voted on and approved by the Commission include:</p> <ul> <li>Allowing hunters to use lures, decoys (except live decoys) and calls (to include electronic calls) when hunting rabbits, hares and squirrels</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Designating tumble-upon-impact bullets as legal equipment for hunting big game</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Moving the resident either-species deer and elk permit application deadlines to the second Friday in June, coinciding with the firearm antelope application deadline</li> </ul> <p>Hunting season dates approved at the March 28 meeting are as follows:</p><p><b>ELK</b></p><p><u>Fort Riley</u></p><p>Muzzleloader – Sep. 1-30, 2019</p><p>Archery – Sept. 1-30, 2019</p><p>Firearm ­– Oct. 1-31, 2019, Nov. 1-30, 2019, and Dec. 1-31, 2019</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u>Outside of Fort Riley</u></p><p>Muzzleloader – Sep. 1-30, 2019</p><p>Archery – Sept. 16-Dec. 31, 2019</p><p>Firearm – August 1-31, 2019, Dec. 4-15, 2019, and Jan. 1-March 15, 2020</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>DEER</b></p><p>Youth and Hunters with Disabilities – Sept. 7-15, 2019</p><p>Muzzleloader – Sept. 16-29, 2019</p><p>Archery – Sept. 16-Dec. 31, 2019</p><p>Pre-rut Whitetail Antlerless-only – Oct. 12-14, 2019</p><p>Firearm – Dec. 4-15, 2019</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u>Extended Firearm</u></p><p>Units 6, 8, 9, 10, and 17 – Jan. 1-3, 2020</p><p>Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, and 16 – Jan. 1-5, 2020</p><p>Units 10A, 12, 13, 15, and 19 – Jan. 1-12, 2020</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><u>Extended Archery</u></p><p>Units 10A and 19 – Jan. 13-31, 2020</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more information on the Commission, including future meeting details, visit www.ksoutdoors.com.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Nadia Marji) c1363aaac87d91975f2d3c4edefff361 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:05:24 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-29-19-Glen-Elder-Walleye-Study/Glen-Elder-Walleye-Carrying-Transmitters <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/3-29-19-glen-elder-walleye-study/glen-elder-walleye-carrying-transmitters/516613-1-eng-US/Glen-Elder-Walleye-Carrying-Transmitters.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Glen Elder Walleye Carrying Transmitters” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>CAWKER CITY – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has embarked on a three-year walleye study at Glen Elder Reservoir, and biologists want anglers to be aware of the project. Data collected during the study will give anglers and biologists a better understanding of what makes walleye tick in this lake. Throughout the study, KDWPT district fisheries biologist Scott Waters will follow the movements of adult walleye using telemetry to evaluate mortality patterns, movement, home range, and habitat selection.</p><p>Ultrasonic transmitters were implanted in 27 walleye last fall and another 33 will receive transmitters in April. An equal number of males and females will be targeted, and not all study fish will be longer than the 18-inch minimum length limit.</p><p>The fish are collected using trap nets and gill nets and brought to shore. Each fish is placed in an anesthetic bath for several minutes before surgery. A 1.5-inch incision is made in the abdominal wall, and after the sex is determined, a 22-gram ultrasonic transmitter is placed in the abdominal cavity. Three sutures and glue are used to close the incision and an antibiotic is given to prevent infection. Once the fish regains equilibrium and resumes normal behavior, it is released.</p><p>Each fish is also tagged with a pink, 3-inch Floy tag in the dorsal fin to alert anglers who catch them. The tag contains the fish’s identification number, the KDWPT contact number, and a message about the $100 reward given for the return of the transmitter if the fish is kept. Not all tagged fish are of legal size, and short fish should be returned to the water with the tag intact. Anglers are encouraged to carefully measure the fish and report the length and location of catch to the park office. Anglers who harvest legal fish are encouraged to call or stop by the office to return the internal transmitter for the $100 reward. The angler may keep the fish and Floy tag.</p><p>Manual tracking will be conducted at least two times each month with more frequent tracking conducted during certain periods of the year. Once a fish is located, water depth and temperature, GPS location, and the identification number will be recorded. Angling mortality will be determined by tag returns, natural mortality will be determined when the transmitter shows no movement over time, and fish emigration will be detected using a stationary receiver. Daily movement patterns will also be studied by following a subsample of fish over a 24-hour period.</p><p>KDWPT biologists need anglers’ help with this study, which is unique for the state of Kansas and will provide answers about walleye life history that will help biologists better manage this important sport fish. Updates will be provided throughout the study to help anglers learn more about daily and seasonal walleye movement patterns and habitat preferences.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) 7795c013b7ad3f890c8b09b83c6695dc Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:27:12 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-29-19-NR-Deer/Applications-For-Coveted-Kansas-Nonresident-Deer-Permits-Accepted-Through-April-26 <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/3-29-19-nr-deer/applications-for-coveted-kansas-nonresident-deer-permits-accepted-through-april-26/516561-1-eng-US/Applications-For-Coveted-Kansas-Nonresident-Deer-Permits-Accepted-Through-April-26.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Applications For Coveted Kansas Nonresident Deer Permits Accepted Through April 26″ align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>PRATT – The application period for the limited number of nonresident Kansas deer permits is April 1-26, 2019. Any nonresident interested in hunting deer in Kansas next fall must apply online by visiting www.kshuntfishcamp.com. Applicants must possess a valid nonresident hunting license to apply and the permit cost is $442.50 for hunters 16 and older and $117.50 for hunters 15 and younger. Permits are awarded though a random computer drawing that will be conducted in May, so applying early will not give hunters any advantage in the lottery draw.</p><p>Hunters interested in purchasing a preference point in lieu of applying may do so for $25, plus processing fees.</p><p>A total of 21,816 nonresident white-tailed deer combo permits are available for the 2019-2020 seasons, and hunters drawing archery or muzzleloader white-tailed deer combo permits in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17 or 18 are eligible to apply for a mule deer stamp ($152.50). Those who draw a mule deer stamp will have a permit valid for either a white-tailed or mule deer. To see 2019 permit allocations by unit, as well as draw statistics from last year, visit ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Applications-and-Fees.</p><p>The 2019 deer season will open Sept. 7-15 for youth and hunters with disabilities; Sept. 16-29 for muzzleloader season; Sept. 16-Dec. 31 for archery season; Oct. 12-14 for the pre-rut whitetail antlerless-only firearm season; and Dec. 4-15 for firearm seasons.</p><p>Extended firearm seasons will be open Jan.1-3 in Units 6, 8, 9, 10, and 17; Jan. 1-5 in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, and 16; and Jan. 1-12 in Units 10A, 12, 13, 15, and 19.</p><p>For more information on deer hunting in Kansas, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” “Big Game Information,” then “Deer.”</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Nadia Marji) b556113a360b8345b9f5e2d8d9884f27 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:23:09 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-20-19-Council-Grove-Youth-Hunt/Youth-Turkey-Hunt-Planned-in-Council-Grove <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/3-20-19-council-grove-youth-hunt/youth-turkey-hunt-planned-in-council-grove/516226-1-eng-US/Youth-Turkey-Hunt-Planned-in-Council-Grove.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Youth Turkey Hunt Planned in Council Grove” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>COUNCIL GROVE – April is an exciting time for hunters as the weather begins to warm, the sound of gobbles echo through the woods. It’s turkey season.</p><p>If you know a novice hunter age 11-16 who is excited to learn more about turkey hunting, register them for the upcoming Council Grove Youth Turkey Hunt, Saturday, April 6.</p><p>This event – made possible by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – will provide beginning hunters with a safe and high-quality spring turkey hunting experience.</p><p>Registered participants, along with their parent or mentor, can expect to gather Friday evening, April 5, to pattern shotguns and scout hunting areas. In the predawn of Saturday morning, April 6, hunters and guides will venture to area locations on public and private land where turkeys have been located during preseason scouting efforts. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as a turkey hunting presentation and door prizes. If past hunts are indicators, participants will have exciting stories of turkey encounters to share at day’s end.</p><p>Lodging is available in nearby Council Grove and camping is available at Council Grove Lake. Participants are encouraged to explore historic Council Grove, scenic Morris County and travel the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway while visiting the area.</p><p>Space is limited, so hunters must register no later than March 30 by calling Public Lands manager Brent Konen at (620) 767-5900.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Nadia Marji) a17dc28718365d28918b0d374aee7d7b Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:10:12 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-15-19-Topeka-Commission-Meeting/Wildlife-Parks-and-Tourism-Commission-To-Meet-In-Topeka <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/3-15-19-topeka-commission-meeting/wildlife-parks-and-tourism-commission-to-meet-in-topeka/516138-1-eng-US/Wildlife-Parks-and-Tourism-Commission-To-Meet-In-Topeka.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission To Meet In Topeka” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting on March 28, 2019, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Emerald Rooms, in Topeka. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Time will be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items at the beginning of both the afternoon and evening sessions.</p><p>The first items for discussion in the afternoon include a report on agency fiscal status, a 2019 legislative session update, and tourism update. The General Discussion session will start with the redrawing for one Commissioner Big Game Permit, followed by discussions on: fees, threatened and endangered species regulations, an update on upland birds, and backcountry access passes.</p><p>Workshop Session items – items that will be voted on at a future Commission meeting – include U.S. Coast Guard navigation rules, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), e-licensing, e-bicycle use on trails and in parks, public land regulations, furbearer regulations, webless migratory bird regulations, waterfowl regulations, deer season on Fort Riley, and antelope season.</p><p>The Commission will recess by 5 p.m. and reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to conduct a Public Hearing and vote on the following items:</p> <ul> <li>Removing fees for duplicate licenses</li> <li>Squirrel hunting regulations; use of calls</li> <li>Public lands regulations; use of portable blinds</li> <li>Hunting, fishing, furharvesting license and state park permits; removing requirement for trail pass</li> <li>Elk; open season, bag limit and permits</li> <li>Big game regulations; legal equipment and taking methods</li> <li>Big game permit applications; adjusting resident permit application periods</li> <li>Deer season; open season, bag limit and permits</li> </ul> <p>The Commission will also hear deer permit allocations for Secretary’s Orders.</p><p>If necessary, the Commission will reconvene at 9 a.m. at the same location, March 29, 2019, to complete any unfinished business. Should this occur, time will again be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items.</p><p>Information about the Commission, as well as the March 28, 2019 meeting agenda and briefing book, can be downloaded at ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Commission/Upcoming-Commission-Meetings.</p><p>Live video and audio streaming of the meeting will be available at ksoutdoors.com, and live updates of the Public Hearing will be tweeted on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Twitter account, @KDWPT.</p><p>If notified in advance, the Department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the KDWPT Commission secretary at (620) 672-5911.</p><p>The next KDWPT Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Colby Community Building, 285 E. 5th St., in Colby.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) 899df5cac18bf317eff6da6a239e42ad Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:01:26 +0000 http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/3-8-19-Westar-Youth-Turkey-Hunt/Westar-Energy-Invites-Youth-To-Turkey-Hunt <img src=”http://ksoutdoors.com/var/news/storage/images/kdwpt-info/news/weekly-news/3-8-19-westar-youth-turkey-hunt/westar-energy-invites-youth-to-turkey-hunt/515783-1-eng-US/Westar-Energy-Invites-Youth-To-Turkey-Hunt.jpg” height=”390″ width=”870″ alt=”Westar Energy Invites Youth To Turkey Hunt” align=”right” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 10px;” /><p>TOPEKA – Westar Energy’s Green Team invites eligible youth to its spring turkey hunt, April 1-16, 2019 at Jeffrey Energy Center, 7 miles north of St. Marys. Youngsters, age 12 to 16, who have not harvested a turkey are eligible to apply and must register by Friday, March 15 by calling 785-575-6355. Applications will be accepted first-come, first-served. All hunters must be accompanied by a mentor, preferably one who does not have turkey hunting experience and preference will be given to applicants with inexperienced mentors. &nbsp;</p><p>Green Team members who are veteran hunters will assist the young hunters and their mentors. Youth hunters must bring a shotgun, but no special clothing or calls are required. Hunters 15 and younger will need a youth spring turkey permit. Hunters who are 16 must have a Unit 3 turkey permit and hunting license. Participants will hunt from enclosed blinds placed around small crop fields on the Westar property where turkeys are abundant.</p><p>Most hunts will occur on weekend mornings, but weekday and afternoon hunts are possible, depending on volunteer guide availability.</p><p>The Westar Energy Green Team is a group of employees and retired volunteers who work on environmental projects across Kansas. The Green Team also collaborates with conservation organizations, agencies and schools to foster an understanding of the Kansas environment.</p><p>-30-</p> [email protected] (Mike Miller) ee0b2a112879e9235dbe5b1f28078ba2 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 23:08:02 +0000