From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Spring Turkey Season runs through May 31

Kansas turkey hunter - photo courtesy of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Firearm hunters can hit the field April 9

Pratt, Kansas - A lot of work goes into prepping for a spring turkey hunt, from scouting roosting sights and sighting in shotguns, to mastering the perfect “cluck” and “purr” call. And all that hard work will pay off on April 9 when the regular spring turkey season opens. Following the archery-only/ youth/disabled season, April 1-8, turkey hunters can hit the field with shotgun or archery equipment to take their shot at a spring turkey, or two.

And thanks to equipment changes established last year, hunters may now use any gauge shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun with shot sizes No. 2 through No. 9 and crossbows to fill their spring turkey tags.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - KDWPT hits record enrollment for Spring Turkey Hunting Access

Hunter with a prized Kansas turkey Nearly 214,000 Walk-In Hunting Access acres are available this spring

PRATT – Hunting for spring turkeys can have it’s own set of challenges, but this year, finding a place to hunt shouldn’t be one of them. Thanks to the Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) program offered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), hunters in search of this hardy bird will have access to nearly 214,000 privately-owned acres, in addition to the state- and federally-owned wildlife areas. And accessing maps to these locations has never been easier before. Hunters can locate 2014 Spring WIHA lands by:

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Youth Hunters wanted for Melvern Spring Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunting in Kansas Melvern Wildlife Area to host 2nd Annual Spring Turkey Hunt for youth

Reading, Kansas – The thundering gobble of a turkey in its roost, the spit and drum of a strutting tom, and the sight of a long-beard in full fan are experiences that fuel the passion in Kansas turkey hunters. However, for many Kansas youth, the journey to becoming a turkey hunter has yet to begin. 

A perfect start to the journey could be the Second Annual Spring Turkey Hunt at Melvern Wildlife Area ... more on youth turkey hunts at the Melvern Wildlife Area ...

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Geese offer flocks of late-season hunting opportunities

Geese offer flocks of late-season hunting opportunities in Kansas Some of Kansas’ best waterfowl hunting is making its debut

Pratt, Kansas - Don’t put up your waders and shotgun just yet because late-season goose hunts can deliver some of the best waterfowl hunting the state has to offer. Most hunting seasons,including those for ducks, deer and upland birds, will close by the end of January, but hunters looking to get a few more days of field time should set their sights on geese.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Waconda Lake to host Annual Youth and Women's Pheasant Hunt

Hunters will hunt alongside celebrity mentors, including former NFL and MLB players

Glen Elder, Kansas - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is pleased to announce the upcoming 16th Annual Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake, Dec. 14. The hunt will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast at Hopewell Church in Glen Elder State Park, followed by a pre-hunt safety seminar. Hunters, guides, and mentors will hunt in various areas around Waconda Lake where only a limited amount of hunting is allowed. At noon, lunch will be provided by the Waconda Lake Association.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in Oklahoma, Washington, Virginia and more

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Here are the next batch of upcoming Friends of NRA banquets across the country courtesy of Nicole McMahon, NRA Event Marketing and Communications Manager.

The 2013 season is slowing down, but what a season it's been. To date, Friends of NRA has raised $30 million for the shooting sports - a new record! None of these events would have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. All money raised at banquets goes right back into supporting the shooting sports - half into national programs and half into local and state programs where the banquet was held.

To attend an event in your neighborhood, check the Friends of NRA website for a list of upcoming events in your state. Bookmark that page while you're at it because next year's events will begin popping up soon.

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From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Application Deadline for limited resident Elk Permits July 12

Battling Elks From the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

General resident, landowner/tenant, and hunt-own-land elk permits can be purchased online

Pratt, Kansas – Boasting body weights that can easily reach a quarter-ton, elk are one of the largest land mammals to roam Kansas. Known for their brute strength and the extraordinary antlers of males, these members of the deer family are prized by big game hunters far and wide, and were native on the Kansas prairie before settlement.

Although individuals and small herds exist throughout the state, most Kansas elk are concentrated on Fort Riley in elk management unit 2a. This summer, hundreds of hunters and military personnel will apply for a Fort Riley elk permit, ... more on Resident Elk Hunting Permits in Kansas ...

NatureView Spotting Scope from Bushnell

From Bushnell - Bring Wildlife into Focus with the NatureView Spotting Scope from Bushnell

Overland Park, Kansas – Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, has introduced two new NatureView spotting scopes. Designed for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, the NatureView spotting scope features high-quality optics, lead-free glass and all-weather construction.

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From Bushnell - Bushnell Tactical Introduces A New Elite Tactical 1-8.5x 24mm Riflescope

Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-8.5x 24mm Riflescope

Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, has introduced a new 1-8.5x 24mm short to mid-range riflescope (SMRS). The Elite Tactical 1-8.5x 24mm riflescope is available with the BTR-2 illuminated, mil-hash reticle in a first focal plane design.

The new tactical SMRS 1-8.5x 24mm scope combines close quarters precision with outstanding mid-range capability. With true one power magnification, this scope delivers instant target acquisition at close range combined with the ability to acquire targets at extended ranges by taking advantage of the versatile magnification range. The scope is built with a 34 mm tube to allow room to dial at extended ranges, and features sturdy T-Lok locking target turrets with .1 mil click values and 10 mils per revolution.

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