Thursday’s Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting is being held in Hays. But it’s as close as your computer monitor if you want to know what’s happening, as it happens.
For the past several years the agency has done a good job of having live coverage of the meetings. I’ve watched from as far away as the Ozarks and western Montana a couple of times when I was out of state on the day of a meeting.
As a journalist, I’ve frequently gone back and watched parts of several meetings to confirm quotes and other facts.
It’s a heck of an offering, but as of now viewers are not allowed to send comments or questions directly to the meeting. Still, you’ll have the facts should you want to contact Wildlife and Parks or commissioners about events at the meeting.
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You can log on at www.ksoutdoors.com. The goofy guy asking most of the questions will probably be me.
A lot of lakes are still running pretty high, as are rivers and streams. Some of the best fishing reports continue to come from Coffey County Lake, more commonly called Wolf Creek.
I’m hearing some decent reports of young pheasants being seen, though a lot of rural people say the vegetation is so thick it’s hard to know whats running around within. This weekend’s wind and hot temperatures should really get the wheat harvest rolling. That’s usually when we get our best idea of what we can expect in the fall.
It looks like Wichita will again be holding the Midwest Huntfest in August. I’ll try to get more details as they become available.
This week’s Outdoors page could have a feature on a trio of Coloradans who decided it would be more fun to raft the Arkansas River, than drive, to visit family and friends in Arkansas. They think it could take up to three months to take the 18-foot raft from Great Bend to the Mississippi River.
None of the three, who are lead by 27-year-old Jordan Miller, had any true rafting experience when they launched near Great Bend. They bought the boat online for $300, and will be camping on sand bars for most of their trip. Along the way, they’ll be dealing with about 20 dams, not to mention submerged hazards like sunken trees and jagged concrete.
Or, the Outdoors page could have a feature on this week’s project where biologists put research leg bands on about 1,400 Canada geese in Wichita. The process is a lot harder on the biologists than the geese.
Our news editors are trying to decide which of the two stories they want to run in another part of The Eagle within the next few days. I’m fine with either on the Outdoors page, actually. The page will also have a report on the commission meeting. It may appear sooner as a blog.
I also have a story on an unusual bird feeding method completed and ready to run, as soon as we get a chance to get the photography gathered.
We recently got some pretty exciting news that our book, Michael Pearce’s Taste of the Kansas Outdoors Cookbook, has been named to this year’s Kansas Notable Book list. Every year, from more than 100 nominated books, 15 are selected for the honor. The book must have been written by a Kansan and/or be about Kansas.
Though the book carries my name, recipes, articles and outdoors photography, the Eagle’s Bo Rader shot the food photography and got all of the photography organized. It was edited by Kirk Seminoff, our sports editor, and Sherry Chisenhall, our executive editor.
Beccy Tanner, a friend/Eagle reporter, also made the list for her 999 Kansas Characters book.
Cade, our 10-week-old Lab puppy continues to progress better than could have been expected. House-training is over and he’s a pro, now, at using the pet door for such things. He sleeps through the night better than I do and is more than ready to retrieve the newspaper every morning.
He’s yet to get bored with retrieving in water or on land, or in the backyard, or in the hallway, or in the kitchen, or...
I’ll start working him on pigeons soon.
One of his favorite activities is doing battle with the garden hose, which is fun to watch if it’s shooting a pretty good stream of water as he carries it around by the end. My only complaint is that he seems to be growing too fast. I enjoy my first few weeks and months with a new puppy, and the bond it brings.
We’re tight, though, no doubt about that.
I’d like to thank the many who sent notes, e-mails or calls about the passing of our 14 year-old Lab, Hank. Some people I’d never met, some I hadn’t heard from since they hunted with Hank 10 or more years ago and e-mails came from quite a few parts of the country.
Thanks for the compliments on the farewell tribute I ran as a blog last week.
Personally, my tears are replaced by smiles fueled by so many memories.