Kansas Hunting News

Hunter Education Youth Essay Contest
Young hunters who like to write have the opportunity to engage in one of their favorite indoor activities and win a trip for their favorite outdoor one. The annual Hunter Education Youth Essay Contest is being held in March, and all youngsters are encouraged to write a story, with the chance to win a guided youth turkey hunt with Jared McJunkin. McJunkin is a hunter education instructor and has guided in the Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt held each spring near El Dorado. He is known locally for his passion to introduce fellow hunters to the sport he so dearly loves.
Susan Clark Lung Transplant Fund
A Texas Bowhunting Ranch and a Kansas Hunting Outfitter are sponsoring three separate hunts to be raffled off in a fund raiser for Susan Clark. Susan, the daughter of Bob and Tiffany Clark of Belle Plaine Kansas, is recovering from a transplant performed to replace her cystic fibrosis damaged lungs. All proceeds from purchasing of the raffle tickets will be donated to the Susan Clark Lung Transplant Fund to cover medical costs related to the transplant operation.
Outdoor Buddies Helps Disabled Sportsmen
If the efforts of a newly-formed Kansas Chapter of Outdoor Buddies has its way, disabled Kansas sportsmen and women will have more opportunities to pursue hunting and fishing again. An offshoot of an organization formed in Colorado in 1984, Outdoor Buddies of Kansas has been formed to help the disabled pursue the outdoor sports.
Hunters and Anglers Essential Part of Economy
Anglers and hunters spent $462 million in 2001 pursuing their pastimes. In doing so, they supported 9,600 jobs in the Sunflower State, according to figures from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The figures accompany a national report on the economic impacts of sportsmen.
Whitetail Antlerless Only Season Underway
Many Kansas hunters are taking advantage of the state's extended January deer season, which runs Jan. 1-12. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds hunters that only white-tailed antlerless deer may be taken during this season.
Wildlife and Parks Commission Plans December 12th Meeting
At 1:30 p.m., Dec. 12, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting at Cabela's, located in Kansas City, Kan., at the intersection of I-70 and I-435. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Secretary Mike Hayden will summarize efforts of a working group that has been reviewing deer management and allocation of deer hunting opportunities. The deer working group, comprising representatives from a variety of organizations, has conducted several meetings since August, collecting public input and discussing future deer management considerations in Kansas.
Furbearer Season Outlook Good
While Kansas upland bird hunters did not fare too well on opening weekend, furharvesters in the state are looking forward to a productive season. For the first time in many years, most of the nation's largest fur buyers are entering the season with their cupboards nearly bare. And with demand from major foreign markets expected to remain stable or even increase, a high level of optimism surrounds the fur trade.
Walk-In Hunting Program Surpasses 900,000 Acres
The Walk-In Hunting Areas (WIHA) program is bigger than ever in 2002. More than 900,000 acres of private land have been leased by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to provide general hunting access for Sunflower State hunters. The acreage total reflects the continued growth of the program since it was initiated by KDWP in 1995.
Resident Deer Permits Available
For the 2002-2003 deer seasons, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) again is offering a number of resident deer permits that may be purchased without going through a drawing. Applications for these permits are now available from Wildlife and Parks offices or from the agency's website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
Deer Management Working Group Formed
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Secretary Mike Hayden has announced the formation of a unique group of Kansans. The Kansas Deer Management Working Group has been assembled to provide the department with recommendations to maintain responsible deer management policies through legislative and management proposals that will govern the future of deer hunting in Kansas. The working group will meet for the first time on Aug. 1 in Topeka.