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Lesser prairie chickens placed on threatened species list

The federal government on Thursday designated the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, a long-anticipated announcement that politicians warned could set off a possible battle over states’ rights.

State parks will beckon Kansans on warm, sunny Saturday

Saturday’s forecast calls for rare warmth and sunshine, and Seth Turner has to work – and he’s thrilled.

Springing into Kansas fishing

Cardinals are singing to greet the dawn and softwood trees are beginning to bud. For thousands in the Wichita area that means it is, hopefully, time to put away the snow shovel and pick up the fishing rods.

Wildlife and Parks shortens deer season and number of permits

Kansas deer hunters will have fewer opportunities to shoot antlerless whitetail deer in upcoming seasons.

Wichita teen’s entry chosen for 2014 Kansas Junior Duck Stamp

Fourteen-year-old Carly Honas was on spring break and skiing on a Colorado mountainside Wednesday morning when some Kansas art judges made a decision.

Outdoors calendar (March 23)

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KDWPT commission looks at smaller deer-hunting seasons

Kansas deer hunters may have fewer opportunities to shoot antlerless white-tailed deer this fall and winter. The The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will state their case for shortening special season lengths, and season bag limits, in some parts of Kansas at Thursday’s commission meeting in Topeka.

Outdoors calendar (March 16)

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Kansas battle to reduce feral hog population seems to be working

Tom Berding remembers when crop damage by feral hogs was a dominant conversation in rural Cowley County.

Outdoors calendar (March 9)

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Mike Hayden completes his personal reservoir sweep

The nine-inch crappie wasn’t even Mike Hayden’s biggest of the day, but the 69-year-old angler smiled extra wide as he lifted the fish through a hole in the ice.

Video shows locked-antlered buck saved by Wichita hunter

Evan McAnally spent days afield last deer season, as much to gather good video as to eventually put venison in his freezer.

2014 Great Outdoors Photo Contest winners

From across Kansas and several other states, more than 150 photographers entered the 13th annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest. Staff photographers at The Eagle narrowed the field to 15 adult and five youth finalists. The winners were selected by the public on Kansas.com and at the Kansas Sports, Boat and Travel Show.

Outdoor notes: Outdoors-related bills in the Legislature

The following outdoors-related bills have recently received attention in the Kansas legislature. Following is their current progress, according to Chris Tymeson, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism attorney.

Outdoors calendar (March 2)

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A look at outdoors-related bills in Legislature

Several bills in the Kansas Legislature could have an impact on the Kansas outdoors and sportsmen. Chris Tymeson, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism attorney, said these are some of the most important bills:

Farm bill puts grasslands in focus

The recently signed farm bill has drawn myriad responses from wildlife experts. Some are happy, some are sad and some are just relieved.

Michael Pearce: A friendship that will last a long time

Our friendship was born from his mother’s desire for someone to take 11-year-old Jacob Holem hunting and fishing. The e-mail said the boy’s dad died in 2006 and “all he’s ever wanted is to be a hunter like his dad.”

Outdoors calendar (Feb. 16)

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Outdoor schedules (Feb. 9)

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