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Experts: Little love locally, but bald eagles in Kansas are thriving

After yet another nest failure on Harbor Isle this year, local naturalists are beginning to wonder if the town’s beloved bald eagle pair is biologically fit to mate.

Missouri Ozarks state park keeps trout coming

LEBANON, Mo. – It was a special moment for grandfather or granddaughter, shared at a place that’s their favorite in the world when together.

Outdoor calendar (June 29)


Least terns among migratory birds spending summer in Wichita

It was a relatively peaceful Thursday morning for longtime naturalist Bob Gress – overcast skies, a cool breeze, and small birds dive-bombing just above his head.

Wilson Reservoir ripe for angling, but be prepared to adjust to elements

Dale Hines was where he spends most of his spring and summer days, in his boat near the center of Wilson Reservoir, fishing water deeper than many Kansans have cast.

Wildlife and Parks wants redbelly snakes off threatened species list

PITTSBURG – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will not heed the advice of wildlife experts and will continue to try to get the redbelly snake removed from the state’s threatened species list.

Wilson State Park a good reason to pull off I-70

On a recent evening Bob Nicholson and friends spent a few hours pedaling one of the best biking/hiking trails in the world.

Outdoor schedule (June 22)


Environmental groups file lawsuit to protect lesser prairie chickens

Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has not done enough to protect the lesser prairie chickens.

Going out on a limb leads to a successful fishing trip

Our fishing team totaled nine, and ranged in age from a boy of 4 to me, in my mid-50s.

Threatened species debate part of KDWPT meeting

Changes in regulations to threatened and endangered species, the setting of waterfowl seasons, and the use of dogs to locate wounded or dead deer will draw discussion, and possibly spirited debate, at Thursday’s Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting in Pittsburg.

Hands-on camp full of familiar faces

JUNCTION CITY – The 10-year-old girl stopped in her tracks, and a look of equal parts fear and disgust hijacked her face the split second she saw the snake in Jack Gerstmann’s hands.

Outdoors calendar (June 15)


Outdoors calendar (June 8)


Sporting clays contest a shot in the arm for Kansas economy

Coming from 47 states and several nations, more than 1,000 sporting clays shooters will invade southeast Kansas this week.

Benefit to help Wichita archery enthusiast

For nearly 50 years, Dick Christian has helped anglers, archers, hunters and shooters in the Wichita area.

Wichita duo wins world shooting titles

The plane ride home must have seemed especially long for the men from Italy, and even more so for the guys from Austrailia and New Zealand. They’d traveled about halfway around the planet for the World Action Pistol Championship only to get beaten by a schoolgirl from Kansas. And she’d only been shooting competitive handguns about a year.

Fishing in the pits is not the pits

McCUNE – Mined and marred brutally for decades, the Mined Land Wildlife Area was a part of southeast Kansas considered nearly worthless not many years ago. In the early 1980s, about 8,000 acres was given to the state by the coal mining company that contributed to the mess.

Outdoor schedule (June 1)


Some hunting to go forward at Quivira

After about three years of discussions, research and public input, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that limited deer and turkey hunting will be allowed at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

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