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Miss Kansas shoots into new career

Theresa Vail’s job has included a lot of cameras and fashionable clothing since she won the Miss Kansas crown last year. Friday and Saturday she got a look at a future that will contain more of the same when she relinquishes her crown June 7.

Outdoors schedule (April 20)


Waterfowl seasons on commission’s agenda

Discussion will begin for setting this fall’s waterfowl seasons at the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting Thursday at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita.

Big blue near you

The state has both quality and quantity when it comes to blue catfish.

Outdoor schedule (April 13)


It’s time for the annual Governor’s Turkey Hunt

Will Primos, one of the top names in the hunting world for decades, and Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, one of the best-known Kansans of the past year, will be at the Governor’s Turkey Hunt in El Dorado.

City official: New mower improves wildlife habitat, saves water

Cedar trees in Wichita parks, beware. There’s a mechanical beast coming your way that in seconds can chew you into tiny pieces and spit you out.

Outdoors calendar (April 6)


Kansas will join lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened

Kansas will join a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday.

Wildlife, conservation bills stir strong feelings in Kansas

Some in the Kansas Legislature are “waging a war on wildlife and landscape conservation in Kansas,” Ron Klataske contends.

Scenes from the path: A beginner’s photos of Chisholm Creek Park

I bought a bicycle last year. All I wanted was exercise.

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)


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)


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.

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