Shooting Sports

There are 2 OK Kids events going on in Wichita on Saturday, May 19.  Join in the fun at one or both locations!  See this link for all the details.

#1.  OK Kids at the Great Plain Nature Center will be an outdoor adventure for all.  Saturday, May 19, 10a-2p!

Your Adventure at GPNC will include:

  • Live animals up close and personal
  • Building a fort
  • Fishing (sign up the day of event)
  • Target shooting
  • Building a bird house or bird feeder
  • Bird watching (win a pair of binoculars!)
  • Orienteering
  • Planting a tree (take home and plant)
  • Make a recycled toy

#2 OK Kids at the OJ Watson Park,  Saturday, May 19, 9a-noon.

Your Adventure at OJ Watson Park will include:

  • Fishing & water safety
  • Volleyball
  • Moon walk
  • Kayaks
  • Train rides, pony rides, mini-golf, pedal boats & concessions for a small fee.

The 40th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) — designated by Congressional decree and Presidential Proclamation — will be held Sept. 24. The event is a nationwide celebration of hunters and anglers and their contributions to conservation.

This year, T. Boone Pickens is the honorary chair for National Hunting and Fishing Day. Pickens is one of America’s most prominent and influential businessmen. He is president and CEO of the investment firm BP Capital Management and founder of Mesa Petroleum.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Operations Office will host a NHFD event at its Pratt Operations Office located at 512 SE 25th Ave. (2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt) on Saturday, Sept. 24. The celebration will run from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. The event will include a kids’ fishing derby, a casting contest, catch and release fishing, archery, a canoe race, and other outdoor events.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 under President Nixon, when Congress dedicated the fourth Saturday of each September to recognize the efforts of generations of hunters and anglers who support wildlife conservation and habitat improvements with billons of dollars collected through fees on hunting and fishing licenses and permits, excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, as well as donations. Many species such as white-tailed deer, turkey, pronghorn, elk, whooping cranes, and bald eagles were brought back from near extinction through management programs funded by sportsmen.

National Hunting and Fishing Day 2011 sponsors include Wonders of Wildlife, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Sportsman Channel, Realtree, Smith & Wesson, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cabela’s,, Academy Sports + Outdoors, the Pope and Young Club, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and the Izaak Walton League.

For more information, including a detailed history of National Hunting and Fishing Day, as well as a feature article on Pickens, go online to For events in your area, contact the nearest KDWPT office.

Moms, would you like your children to be interested, engaged and comfortable with the outdoors?  Do you wonder if you outdoor skills are up to par?

Well, look no further.  Simply take a few days away and learn all sorts of fun outdoor-skills that will make family outings comfortable, safe, and memorable for your family.  Take the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Workshop May 13-15 at Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City, KS

Check out Becoming an Outdoors Woman for more information and to register.  This weekend is an educational opportunity that teaches hands-on outdoor skills to adult women (18 and over) in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  Workshops are designed especially for women who are beginers, so no experience is necessary.  Equipment and instruction are provided.  This is a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks program.

Classes you can take include:  fishing, tent camping, float tubing, canoeing, wilderness survival, archery, fly tying and fishing, dutch oven and open campfire cooking, leadership, backpacking basics, birdwatching, dyeing with  native plants, hunting, wild game cooking, steam ecology, gun safety, and sports dogs.

If you head out for a family outing, don’t forget to pack a snack along with lots of water!   Snacks help to keep you fueled up and ready to have fun in the sun!  Here are a couple of snacks that are perfect to pack up and enjoy outside.

Chicken Feed 

A Snack to Take on a Hike!


  • 2 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup small chocolate candies (such as M&M’s®)

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir gently.
2. Serve in paper cups or small bags.

Helpful Hints:

Individual bowls of ingredients can be set up, and children can take one spoonful of the ones they want to eat in their cup. They may go through the line again after everyone has been through once.

Power Bites

A backpack snack!


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins 

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly coat 9×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, egg, vanilla and carrots.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Let cool and cut into bars.

Helpful Hints:

Power Bites are low in fat and high in healthy ingredients. There’s
fruit — applesauce and raisins; vegetables — carrots; and whole grains — oatmeal and whole wheat. Individually wrap Power Bites to take on a hike for energy along the way.

Cooking is a math lesson right in the kitchen. How do you measure 3/4 cup carrots? (Use a 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup measure.) Stir flour before spooning into the cup and leveling off for accurate measure. Use a ruler to measure baking dishes to find one that is 9 inches square. This recipe makes 18 bars about 3×2 inches each. How will you cut the bars in the dish? ( Six bars one way by 3 bars the other way will make 18.)

Safety Tip:

Just as important as washing your hands before cooking is cleaning the countertops. The best way to sanitize the kitchen counter is to put 1 teaspoon bleach in a quart spray bottle of water. Spray the counter, wipe with a paper towel and then throw the towel away. Change the water in the spray bottle daily.

Grating carrots is a fun cooking experience for kids, but it can also be a real “knuckle-scraper.” Adult supervision and “how-to” instructions are important for kids.

You can find more Kids a Cooking Recipies at:


Lake Afton Public Shooting Range
25000 W. MacArthur Road

 Saturday, October 3 – 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, October 4 – 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

 The Hunter Education Clinic is recommended for all persons 11 years of age or older. Please note a Kansas law mandates students must be eleven (11) years of age or older before they can be issued a Hunter’s Education Certificate. Clinic size is limited to 800 students.

 To earn your Hunter Education Certificate you will need to attend all classes both days of the clinic. Students 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult during the entire clinic. The clinic will be held regardless of weather. Drinking water and sanitary facilities will be open both days. There will be an hour break for lunch on Saturday with concessions available. No: pets, personal firearms, knives, or ammunition will be allowed in the class areas during the clinic. Bring your own chairs and jackets/ rain coats. Dress for the weather! Because of the size of this clinic, the classes are not recommended for those with a reading disability. Instead, you may contact or (620)-672-5911.

 This Hunter Education Clinic is sponsored by KFDI, Young Hunter Safety Inc., and the Chisholm Trail Gun and Knife Show. For more information, call KFDI at 316-838-9141.

 The clinic is free of charge; however ALL STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER TO TAKE PART IN THE CLINIC. Student manuals will be handed out when you arrive. At that time you will be assigned a group number.

 Students: you have to pre-register.  Online: Go to and fill out all of the information by September 30.


A woman smiles on her first hunt.

Dove Hunting in Stafford County, Kansas.


Saturday, June 20, 2009:  Would you like to learn more about shooting a shotgun, or are you looking for a chance to practice your skills before Dove and Fall Turkey Seasons start? Join us for a FREE day at the shotgun range for Ladies and Youth (boys & girls under 17).  Ladies and youth will shoot from 9am – 2pm.  Men are welcome to come at 2pm with their guns and shells to use the range once the ladies and youth are finished.

Please pre-register, (we want to make sure we have enough food, shells and targets on hand!) please call Susan Saunders 620-483-3117 (Home) 620-345-6641 (cell).

This is your chance to have the range all to yourself!  Instructors will be on hand as you learn about shotguns to get you started off right.  Clay targets and still Turkey targets will be provided to help you hone your skills.  22 Rifle and Archery ranges are also available for your practice.

All targets and shells will be provided by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and a Catered BBQ Lunch will be provided FREE by the Marion County chapter of Quail Forever.

The Range is located at 1966 Diamond Road, Lehigh KS.  Contact Susan at the information above for directions and with any questions.

Don’t forget to pre-register!