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Hunter Education classes.
Young Guns for up coming events contact Rich Sullivan office:827-0321 or cell:826-0217.
Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meetings
August 11, 2016 Clay Center - Life's Finer Moments, 1285 16th Rd, Clay Center, KS 1:00 pm
October 20, 2016 Liberal - Seward County Event Center, 810 Stadium Rd, Liberal, KS 1:00 pm
January 5, 2017 Emporia - Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 1:00 pm
Bob's Best Bets
April 4, 2017
Walleye and Saugeye fishing for spawning fish in the shallow rocky areas mostly over and the 'eyes' are scattered at several area reservoirs. Kanopolis now has a new 18 inch length limit on the 'eyes'. Rains should help the White Bass run up the rivers at reservoirs. Crappies are still deep on structure but with warmer weather in April, they should be moving into the shallower water.Water temperatures are still in the low 50's and fishing will pick up as they reach 69 and above.
Turkey hunting seasons are underway with youth and disabled season opening April 1 and archery season starting on April 3. Shotgun season opening Wednesday April 12 is the real opener for a majority of hunters.
I think there is more varieties of clothing and equipment for Turkey hunters than any other hunting sport. Calls, decoys, blinds, are just a few of the items that hunters have a ton of choices to pick from. Ask experienced hunters about some of these items and it's hard to find a lot of agreement on any one type or brand. Every hunter has their preferences and good reasons for their choices.
Calls always get a lot of discussion among Turkey hunters. With hundreds on the market plus some home made varieties, everybody has their choices and usually a good story of calling success using their favorite call. Maybe it's not the call but the caller that actually makes the sexy aluring hen sound that no red blooded gobbler can resist. Experts say if it works is all that matters.
Many say the key to success for Turkeys is scouting and finding active Toms that are looking for a mate. Pre-season scouting that lets you find where the birds are abundant helps. Generally Turkeys will be in the same area as previous seasons however changes in crops may alter their daily habits and specific locations. This is where calling gives a hunter the advantage of bringing the bird to them.
Finding a place to hunt requires some creativity at times. Public hunting areas around our reservoirs are great places for Turkeys but may be hard to get to. A few years ago a Missouri Turkey hunter told me of a technique that they used to get to those hard to get to places. They accessed them by boat, going out before dawn and listening for the roosting birds as they awakened. Once they pinpointed the Turkeys location, they pulled the boat up to shore and then set up and called the birds.
Wild Turkeys are not like domestic birds when it comes to cooking. The best way to handle a wild bird is grind the breat into burger and make soup out of the legs and thighs. The wild birds have great flavor but are tough and this is one way to get by that problem.