Outdoors notes: Boating safety class begins this week

03/02/2013 5:00 PM

03/02/2013 5:02 PM

The local Coast Guard Auxiliary will teach a day-long boating safety class Saturday, and again on April 13 at Cabela’s.

Gary Swenson, flotilla commander, said the volunteer group will cover topics including getting to know your boat, the use of checklists, operating a boat safely, how to handle emergencies on the water and the requirements of legal boating in Kansas.

The Coast Guard-approved course will be recognized in all states, and fulfills the Kansas requirements that those under 21 wanting to operate a power boat or personal water craft without supervision be properly certified.

Swenson said the cost is $17 for individuals or $22 for couples who will share class materials. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. and classes finish at 5 p.m. For more information call 316-788-3994, or e-mail bridgman@southwind.net.

In the legislature — Several outdoors-related bills have seen some legislative attention this session:

•  A bill that would greatly strip the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism authority over some endangered or threatened species was entered by those fearing their regulations could hamper some agriculture practices. It had a committee hearing, but has seen no other action.
•  A bill that would allow Wildlife and Parks to authorize about 10 deer hunting permits for hunts hosting wounded veterans has passed the house and is awaiting senate action. The permits would be for those who missed the April deadline for non-resident deer hunting permits, and couldn’t purchase a leftover permit.
•  A bill that would legalize the use of crossbows for all hunters during archery big-game seasons was introduced to a senate committee recently.
•  A bill that would require Wildlife and Parks to provide disabled veterans free hunting and fishing licenses was introduced to a committee, but isn’t expected to see further action this session.

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