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Michael Pearce: One-time hunting-fishing fee makes sense for seniors

Nobody likes paying extra, especially when it’s for something they’ve had for free.

Michael Pearce: Trying to comprehend a snowy owl being shot

I don’t understand why someone would kill a snowy owl. Somebody shot one about 10 days ago at Cheyenne Bottoms.

Michael Pearce: The man who opened his outdoors world to many

The first time I went afield with legendary herpetologist Joe Collins, the setting did little for my apprehension.

Only Santa can deliver this unlikely package

Dear Santa,

Want $50,000 for a deer you shot? Good luck. . . .

Last week a friend of a friend showed me a photo of a local hunter with an exceptional whitetail deer.

Crazy Horse Memorial remains a stirring work in progress

The Wichita Eagle

On the trail of trout

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, S.D. —The brown trout looked the size of some salmon and wore neon colors of a brightness seldom seen without electricity.

A wonder close to home

The purple martins returning to roost in trees at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis remains one of the top wildlife events I've seen in 30 years of traveling.

Pheasant photography not easy

My toes felt like icicles, and my arms were starting to ache from holding a heavy camera and big telephoto lens out from my body, cocked at a funny angle, for what seemed like an hour, but was probably an honest minute or so. A rooster pheasant five yards away had heard the tiniest scratch of the lens against the side of the pop-up blind and was on full alert. A rooster pheasant is on full-alert after hearing the hum of a camera’s auto-focus. He left the scene, tail arrogantly cocked in the air leaving me vowing to be even quieter the next time.

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.

The war on feral swine continues

A U.S.D.A. helicopter works a herd of feral swine found in northern Oklahoma this week. MICHAEL PEARCE/PHOTO For yet another year, the tide of feral pigs trying to spread across Kansas has been stemmed. That’s thanks, mostly, to on-going efforts by the state of Kansas and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Here are a few facts to hold you over until a March 9 Outdoors page feature on the subject.

Casts and Blasts about feral hog eradication

A few more points of interest to go along with Sunday’s Outdoors page story on how Kansas-based biologists are taking their war against feral swine into parts of northern Oklahoma.

More charges filed against celebrity hunter, Spook Spann

Television and video personality Spook Spann is again in trouble with wildlife law enforcement authorities. This is the third time in less than two years, for those who are counting.

Frozen Dead Guy Days celebrates a death, with LIFE!

NEDERLAND, Colo. -

Wildlife officials concerned at attempt to revoke Kansas' endangered species act.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary, Robin Jennison, on Thursday spoke with concern about a recent legislative attempt to repeal the Kansas endangered species act. It currently protects about 60 species of assorted Kansas wildlife and has been in place for about 40 years.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists lesser prairie chickens as threatened

A male lesser prairie chicken displaying for hens in Edwards County. The species has just been listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Citing rapid population declines because of loss of habitat and an on-going severe drought over much of the bird’s range, Thursday afternoon the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they’ve listed lesser prairie chickens on their threatened species list. In fact, populations had dropped by about 50 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to surveys done last spring in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The vultures are back in Marion!

Like has happened every spring for the last several years, the birds have returned!

Ticks nothing to fool about

This may be April Fools Day and this blog is no trick, but anybody who ignores the threat of ticks is a fool.

Patterning shotguns for turkey hunting important, fun

Jake Holem counts how many pellets from his 20 gauge made it into the kill zone of a wild turkey target. Five was considered a safe minimum. Preparation for most kinds of hunting and fishing are a lot of the fun in both activities.

Blasts and Casts from hunting with Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas

I wasn’t surprised when I got the text on Sunday morning.  When I saw the name, I was pretty sure it would have a photo of Theresa Vail with a nice tom she’d shot just minutes before.

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