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Monarch migration numbers dropping; more milkweed may be the answer

Got milkweed?

Fishing becomes part of schools’ P.E.

Bobbers and spinnerbaits may become part of some Wichita school district physical education classes soon.

Cedar Waxwing

Bobycilla cedrorum

Outdoors calendar (Jan. 31)

Archery

The end of a hunting calendar yields lasting memories

The opening of most bird seasons rolls across Kansas with all excitement and hoopla of a small-town homecoming game. But for many, those seasons close with little attention.

Outdoor schedules (Jan. 26)

Archery

Birders reach rarefied Kansas air

One of Pete Janzen’s biggest finds in a long birding career was a common great horned owl near Hugoton. For Kevin Groeneweg, a simple white-crowned sparrow by a sewage lagoon at Satanta.

Master rifle maker had Wichita in his roots

In the 1960s, most Kansas boys worshiped guys such Willie Mays. I idolized Roy Weatherby.

Ice fishing success comes with bells and whistles

There’s little doubt I love my outdoors toys. My family has called the UPS van “the decoy truck,” and my fly fishing bag has more flies than some landfills.

Outdoors calendar (Jan. 19)

Archery

State park utility rates will go up

Utility rates for state park campers were increased at Thursday’s Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting. Linda Lanterman, state parks director, said the increase is needed to off set the higher rates the parks are paying for the utilities.

Devlin works at ensuring hunting for generations

There are few places in the world Tom Devlin hasn’t seen.

Outdoor schedule (Jan. 12)

Archery

Utilities at park campsites may go up

Campers in Kansas state parks could be paying more for the use of campsites with utilities this year. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission will vote Thursday whether to increase the rates of gas, water and/or electricity by $1.50 per day.

Blue Hills offer hunters plenty of prairie chickens

When Keith Houghton says that you can set your watch on the prairie chickens’ arrival to the cropfields he hunts in the Kansas Blue Hills, he isn’t exaggerating.

Kansas outdoors saw it all in 2013

For the Kansas outdoors, 2013 was a year of extremes. Weather patterns reached across the spectrum, as did some poltical and regulatory issues. Here are the top outdoors stories for the year.

Outdoors calendar (Jan. 5)

Fishing

Update: Kansas duck hunter drowns in icy lake

A northeast Kansas sheriff says a hunter who drowned while trying to retrieve a duck at an icy lake was a member of the military.

Outdoor calendar (Dec. 22)

Birding/Nature

Recent cold snap brings more bald eagles into Wichita

Sometimes bundled like Inuits, long-lensed cameras in hand, Chuck Streker and some fellow photographers spent a lot of time outside in last week’s extreme cold, following hunches and assorted leads to their favored photo subjects.

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