Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bird that’s always worth a long look

I’m normally a pretty strong-willed person.

I can stop at the property line when a turkey’s gobbling hard from the side where I don’t have permission.

Even when the action’s hot I can put away a shotgun or fishing rod and professionally reach for a camera…most of the time.

This scissor-tailed flycatcher in Barber County certainly required a few seconds to watch and enjoy.

But even if I’m running late for an assignment or headed towards a lake of spawning crappie I have trouble not slowing to look at a scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Their ultra-long tail is what makes them the most special of Kansas songbirds to me but their body feathers of white, gray and pink are also striking.

And if the bird flushes and zips around, long tail forked as it works a swarm of insects I almost always have to stop and watch.

This week so it went when I was afield on two different assignments. Nobody riding along seemed to mind the delay.

Most agree they’re very special birds.

Fish worth up to $2.2 million could be swimming in Kansas water soon

Within a few weeks, fish worth up to $2.2 million could be swimming in Kansas waters.

Largemouth bass are one of several species to be tagged in Cabela's Wanna Go Fishing For Millions contest.

A press release from Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing For Millions” program said about 60 lakes in about 19 states will soon be stocked with specially tagged fish. Anglers will have from May 14 to July 14 to catch the tagged fish and redeem them for assorted prizes up to $2.2 million.

Contestants using equipment made by Cabela’s and other sponsors are awarded the highest prizes.

The Kansas Department of  Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is cooperating with the program. Lakes where the fish will be tagged haven’t been named.

Species included are largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, walleye and trout.

More details about registering to fish in the event will be released soon.

Jennison confirmed to lead Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Robin Jennison was confirmed as the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary by the Kansas Senate on Monday.

The vote was 38-0 to confirm the past speaker of the house to the position he was appointed to by Gov. Sam Brownback in January.

Monday, the day he was confirmed as the Wildlife, Parks and Tourisim secretary, Robin Jennison spent the morning fishing for bass at Big Hill Lake and touring a new public hunting area near Parsons.

Jennison’s appointment initially drew deep concern from sportsmen and many department employees because of his past connections to commercialized hunting legislation and operations.

He’s since drawn praise from many within KDWP and conservation groups.

Jennison’s hopes and concerns for the department will be featured in an article on The Eagle’s outdoors page next Sunday.