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Kansas Has Record Year For Hunter Safety – Photo

Posted July 30, 2014 By NewsEngine
Young girls learning hunter safety

Six reported hunting incidents in 2013 marks lowest number since records have been kept

PRATT ­– Kansas has a lot of to offer hunters. Abundant wildlife, a multitude of hunting opportunities, and diverse landscapes are just a few of the things that make Kansas truly a hunter’s paradise. And while it’s always been a safe place to hunt, it’s a safer-than-ever place to hunt, now, according to the 2013 Kansas Hunter Education Hunting Incident Report. A total of six reported hunting incidents took place last year, the lowest number of incidents reported since the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) began keeping record over 50 years ago. Luckily, none of these incidents resulted in fatalities, but all incidents can be prevented if basic gun safety rules are followed. Hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities when you consider the low number of incidents compared to the millions of hunter days recorded by Kansas hunters each fall. However, even veteran hunters must keep safe gun handling first.
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8th Annual TJ’s Memorial Deer Hunt

Posted July 30, 2014 By NewsEngine

PRATT­ – The Hunting Heritage Group and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) invite youth, age 10-16, and disabled hunters to apply for a spot in the 8th Annual TJ’s Memorial Deer Hunt September 6 and 7. Interested hunters must be Kansas residents and submit applications no later than August 24. There is no fee to participate and lodging will be provided. To obtain an application, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “TJ’s Memorial Hunt Application.”

On September 6, participants will receive classroom instruction on shooting, safety, and deer hunting, followed by a trip to the range to sight in firearms. Lunch will also be provided.

Later that evening, guides and hunters will depart to their assigned hunting spots. Hunters who are unsuccessful on the first evening will be invited to hunt September 7.
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Fish feats captured through coded wire tag project

Posted July 30, 2014 By NewsEngine

MILWAUKEE – In a remarkable feat of distance swimming, tiny chinook salmon released in Lake Huron two years ago swam their way through the Straits of Mackinac and down through Lake Michigan into the waters off of Racine, according to newly released data gathered with the help of Wisconsin anglers.

Brad Eggold, Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the 400 mile journey of fish released by the state of Michigan points to the benefits of coordinated management efforts given the mobility of species like salmon. Other fish caught at the Racine checkpoint originated from stocking efforts in Door County, western Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

The study documenting the movement of fish throughout the lakes also indicates that natural reproduction of chinooks is picking up steam in Lake Michigan. For chinooks that are one year old, 55 percent of the population now comes from natural reproduction.
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