A workshop about creating and maintaining wildlife habitat is planned for March 31 in northern Butler County.
“People see these things on TV or read about them, but we’re wanting to give them a chance to come out and actually see things they can do to improve habitat on their lands,” said Tim Donges of Bluestem Quality Deer Management Association.
The workshop will be on a 200-acre tract Donges owns and manages near Cassoday.
A variety of experts from government and conservation groups will teach their particular specialties.
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• Managing stands of timber to improve the value of the land and habitat, especially for deer and upland birds. Demonstrations will include creating living brushpiles.
• Food plot designs and plantings, with information on best ways to utilize equipment.
• Grassland management, including buffer strips and native grass management. Conditions permitting, a small, controlled burn will be conducted.
• Predator management techniques and possible needs.
The $10 fee includes lunch, and pre-registration before March 24 is required. Call 316-641-0011.
Legislative news — Outdoors-related bills that received action in the Kansas legislature last week include -
• A bill to require senior citizens to purchase hunting and fishing licenses passed the senate last week, 23-17, and has been sent to the house agriculture and natural resources committee. The bill could allow seniors to purchase a one-time $40 license that covers hunting and fishing privileges.
• Legalizing the widespread use of crossbows during archery seasons has been placed on hold and may see no further action this session.
• A bill that would allow the carrying of handguns for personal protection during hunting seasons specific to other weapons awaits the governor’s signature.
• Creation of a state park pass to be sold at the time and place of auto registrations passed the house 84-39 and has gone to the senate.
• A bill that could increase the penalties for poaching trophy-sized bucks is out of committee and headed for the house.
KDWPT meeting — A variety of big game-related regulations are on the agenda for Thursday’s Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting in Topeka.
The commission is expected to vote on a regulation to allow limited use of crossbows during the archery deer season. Chris Tymeson, Wildlife and Parks lawyer, said the agency will ask that crossbows be allowed for hunters 55 and over and 15 and younger. The regulation is hoped to thwart a broader reaching regulation from the legislature.
Commissioners will be asked to approve big-game regulations for the 2012 seasons. Tymeson said the significant change could be allowing the use of more whitetail antlerless-only permits in several units and public hunting areas.
Discussion will be held on some possible changes to hunting regulations on public lands. One could require all stands and blinds hold the hunter’s contact information and that no more than two blinds or stands per hunter be allowed on areas managed by the department.