Several celebrities and military personnel also will serve as mentors during the hunt, including former professional athletes and television personalities. Participants will be split into groups based on hunting experience and skill levels, and the least experienced hunters will be provided instruction beforehand on wingshooting and safety. All hunters will have mentors and guides, according to the news release, and lunch will be provided by the Waconda Lake Association.
After the hunt, the hunters will be instructed on how to dress and package harvested birds and will be given a commemorative item.
For more information on the event or to volunteer to be a mentor, contact Chris Lecuyer at the Glen Elder Area Office at (785) 545-3345.
Commission increases camping permit fees
The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission on Nov. 15 approved a staff recommendation to increase recreational vehicle seasonal (long-term) camping permit fees by $150 per month at five state parks — Clinton, Milford, Sand Hills, Tuttle Creek and El Dorado — and $100 per month at most others.
The move was made in response to rising utility costs, according to the agency.
Commissioners also approved repealing the regulation required a Trail Access Pass, which will allow access to the Prairie Spirit Trail without a permit, and removed common carp and common from the list of live species allowed to be sold for bait. The marbled crayfish was also added to the list of species that may not be imported or possessed, and an amendment was approved regarding the take and use of baitfish or minnows, increasing the maximum mesh size on dip or cast nets used to catch baitfish to 1 inch.
The next KWPT Commission meeting is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, where commissioners will vote on fishing regulations, creel and length limits for various bodies of water and the fall and spring turkey seasons, bag limits and permits.