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P. 8 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 i, 2010 THE OSKALOOSA INDEPENDENT News Deer registration online only Where the wild ducks are State park winter Thisfall, the Kansas Department of photo documentation. The hunter is Waterfowl season is upon us, and butsome areashavewater; services limited Wildlife and Parks developed a volun- tary option for transporting harvested deer that allows hunters to register their harvested deer through the Inter- net, using photos taken at the harvest site. Deer taken with antlerless-only per- mrs must have the head attached until it arrives at a place of processing, preser- vation, or the permit holder's residence. But once registered, the hunter may then transport the carcass without the head or evidence of sex being attached. To access the electronic deer check- in, go online to the KD WP website, www., and click "Hunting/ Big Game/Deer/Deer Check-in." Recently, some hunters have called KDWP thinking that the system in- volved registration by phone, similar to systems in Missouri and other states. However, this is not a telephone regis- tration system, and it is not required; hunters who wish to use the electronic system should follow directions in this article. The registration process requires access to the KDWP website, either through a conventional, wireless, or air- card Internet connection. Once logged on to the website, the hunter will need to submit two digital photographs -- one legible close-up of the completed tag at- tached to the deer and a second showing the entire body of the deer with the head still attached. Hunters must enter the KDWP number from their permits, time and date the kill, and the county where the deer was taken. A confirmation number will be is- sued by emafl when the photos and data are successfully received. This confirma- tion number must be retained during transportation, so the hunter should write it down or print the confirmation page. This is the first electronic deer har- vest registration in the nation using walked through the whole registra- tion process and given the necessary instructions. Once these steps are com- pleted, the deer head may be removed and the carcass and antlers prepared for transportation. The new system allows KDWP staff to see the deer and the hunter's completed tag without the time and expense of maintaining a check station. This flexibility is a benefit to both the hunter and KDWP. This option was developed to ad- dress two important issues regarding deer carcass transportation. The first concern is about the movement of any material from a deer that may con- tribute to the transmission of chronic wasting disease. While there is a lot yet to be learned about this disease, and how it is spread, it is believed that its transmission could be diminished if certain body parts affected by the dis- ease are not moved from the site where the deer is taken. Because CWD affects the brain and central nervous system, the transportation of a deer head and skeleton from one location to another is considered a likely means for the disease to spread. The new registration system allows a hunter to leave these items at the kill site, minimizing the possibility of spreading the disease. The second concern is directly re- lated to the first. Numerous states have adopted strict regulations to prevent the spread of CWD. Typically, these regulations do not allow the transpor- tation of a deer head with brain tissue. Hunters have been cited in other states and had their deer confiscated for not complying with the transportation laws of that state. The new registration system allows hunters to properly dis- pose of the head and legally transport the boned meat, as well as the cleaned skull cap and antlers, to the hunter's home. Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approves regulations At the public hearing portion of the Oct. 14 meeting in Goodland, Wildlife and Parks commissioners approved a variety of proposed regu- lation changes. Commissioners voted to approve a proposal to increase the number of spring turkey permits in Unit 4 to 500. Unit 4, which is the southwest corner of the state, is the only unit with limited permits. Three hundred twenty-five permits were authorized in 2009, and biologists feel the tur- key population can sustain a higher harvest. In other action, the Commission approved increases in long-term and annual camping permits. The in-season (April 1-September 30) annual camping permit fee was increased from $150 to $250, and the off-season (October 1-March 31) annual camping permit fee was increased from $150 to $200. Recreational vehicle long-term camping permit fees in all state parks -- except E1 Dorado, Milford, and Tuttle Creek -- were increased as follows: long-term camping with one utility was increased from $200 to $240; two utilities was increased from $260 to $300; and three utilities was increased from $320 to $360. fees at E1 Do- rado, Milford, and Tuttle Creek were set as follows: one utility - $280; two utilities - $340; and three utilities - $400. Cabin rental fees at several state parks were added to accommodate new cabins roming online in the future, and cabin fees at other parks were adjusted. Cabin fees vary, de- pending on the cabin and location. To learn more, go to the "Locations with Cabins" link on the KDWP Web site. Commissioners agreed with a pro- posal to establish a multi-year youth hunting and]or fishing license. The new youth licenses would be valid for youth age 16-20 years of age. The one-time purchase, multi-year youth fishing or hunting license is $40. A one-time purchase multi-year youth fishing/hunting combination license is $70. In other fee considerations, the Commission voted to reduce the fee of the nonresident antlerless- only deer permit from $75 to $50. The Commission approved amendments that make weigh-in procedures consistent for bass tour- naments and allow anglers who pos- sess a tournament black bass pass to cull black bass after the daily creel limit has been met during a weigh-in tournament. Sun., Nov. 28, 2010 * 2 p.m. SHARP 505 Topeka St. • Oskaloosa, Kansas • *NOTE: THIS PROPERTY WILL BE OPEN FOR INSPECTION DURING MRS. EDMONDS PERSONAL PROPERTY AUCTION, FROM 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on SAT., NOV. 20. Welcome to a remarkably unique op- portunity! Country Living with city con- veniences awaits you. THE PROPERTY: Eleanor and her late husband, Vincent, moved to this prop- erty in the 1940s. They raised their family here and ran a cattle and dairy operation. The Edmonds took great care of their property. THE HOME: 3 bedroom (1 non-eress), 1V bath ranch home. 1120 square feet with full partially finished basement, which has two walk-up access points. Built in 1969, this home had a new roof put on in the last 30 days, has central heat and air, a circle drive, and is very clean. THIS PROPERTY IS ON CITY WATER AND SEWER. THE FACILITIES AND GROUND: The outbuildings are an attractive bonus to this property. The huge barn is very functional, complete with gates, pens, and hay loft. All of the buildings are in functionally good condition. Large concrete area near shed/barn area. The 47 acres m/l is very well fenced. All in grass and very few trees. A turnkey setup for livestock and/or horses. Terms: Non-refundable $5,000.00 down as earnest money at contract signing, imme- diately following auction. Property is offered as-is, where is in its current and present condition, with any and all faults. SHOULD PROPERTY REQUIRE BOUNDARY SURVEY WORK, THE COST WILL BE THE SOLE AND COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER. Closing for each property shaLL be on or before December 28, 2010. Each bidder will be required to show letter from a financial institution stating pre-approvat for loan or statement of nec- essary funds avaiLabLe, in the case of a cash buyer, in order to register for auction. All bid- ders must register for a buyer's number, and sign agreeing to auction terms in order to bid at this auction. The contract for purchase shall contain POSITIVELY NO CONTINGENCIES, including financing, inspections, or the Like. Setter reserves the right to accept or reject the final bid. Any and all inspections shat be conducted prior to the auction at the buyer's expense. FuU list of terms and due diligence packets are available by contacting the auc- tion company. Statements made at time of auction take precedence over any advertising, print documents, or previous statements. United Country- Heart of America Real Estate and Auction agent Andy Conser represents the seUers only in this transaction. (United, Andy Conser, Auctioneer 785-806-6321 or emait: l]ari of Am€ rica Real Estate & Auction _  REALTOR' oeeOIIuNIIv I hunters have patterned shotguns and restrung decoys in preparation. But there's no more important piece of "equipment" than knowledge of where the ducks (and geese) are hang- ing out. To provide this all-important hunting information, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offers waterfowl reports on its Web site, Reports on waterfowl numbers, habitat condi- tions, hunting success, and phone and email contacts are provided for major public waterfowl hunting areas in the state's five regions. Hunters should note that duck season does not begin in much of central and eastern Kansas until Oct. 30. Consult the KDWP Web site or the 2010 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Summary for details on dates and zone boundaries. Warm fall weather has likely slowed waterfowl migration this year, with most areas reporting few ducks so far, and very few mallards. As of early October, those wildlife areas list the following reports: Region 2 (northeast Kansas) • Benedictine--few waterfowl but good habitat conditions; • Clinton-- good habitat and plen- ty of water with about 300 ducks; • Hillsdale-- about 300 ducks, but wetland areas have been drained for minor repairs, and rainfall is needed, • Jeffrey Energy Center -- fair hunting conditions but few ducks; • Milford-- habitat conditions are variable due to summer floods with approximately 300 ducks; • Perry-- few ducks with habitat varying from very good to very poor due to late summer floods; and • Tuttle Creek-- several hundred ducks but little shoreline vegetation due to summer floods. Much more detail is available on the waterfowl reports pages for each area, and as the weather cools and ducks begin moving south in greater numbers, many areas reporting poor conditions could turn into waterfowl hotspots. Visit these pages regularly to keep abreast of water conditions and migrations as they unfold. Duck season dates and zones in- clude the following: • High Plains Zone -- Oct. 9-Jan. 3, and Jan. 22-30; • Early Zone -- Oct.9-Dec.5, and Dec. 18-Jan. 2; and * Late Zone -- Oct. 30-Jan. 2, and Jan. 22-30 Canada goose season (includes Brant) runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7 and Nov. 10-Feb. 13. White-fronted goose sea- son runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7, Nov. 10-Jan. 2, and Feb. 5-13. Light goose season runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7 and Nov. 10-Feb. 13, and a light goose conservation order allows hunting through April 30. Westar Energy Green Team offering youth deer hunts On Dec. 1-12 and Jan. 1-9, We- star Energy's Green Team will offer guided deer hunts at Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys. The hunts are for youth 12 years and older who have not harvested a deer. Youth must be accompanied by a par- ent or mentor who, ideally, doesn't have deer hunting experience. The hunt will take place from blinds in mornings or afternoons during the rifle season. Experienced volunteer guides will be provided. Doe harvest is encouraged (and only does are legal during the Janu- ary season), and youth will need a deer permit, but a hunter education certificate is not required if the youth is 15 or younger. Youth may bring their own rifles, but guides will sup- ply deer rifles if needed. A pre-hunt seminar covering safety, deer biology, and orientation to the area will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the power plant. Rifles can be sighted in then, and guides will be available to answer questions. Success has been high in the past, so this hunt fills up quickly. Appli- cants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are a limited number of slots. The deadline for registration is Nov. 2, and notifi- cations will be made by Nov. 5. For more information or to apply, phone Brad Loveless at 785-575-8115 or email brad.loveless@westarenergy. corn No hunting near railroad tracks Union Pacific Railroad is urging hunters to resist the temptation to hunt on railroad property this season. It is not only dangerous, it is against the law -- a trespassing violation because railroad rights-of- way are private property. It's tempt- ing to hunt these areas because wildlife tend to loaf and feed along the edges of freshly harvested fields near railroad tracks, making these areas prime hunting spots. "As part of our ongoing UP CARES initiative, we want to remind hunt- ers that walking on or near rail- road tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along," says Dennis Jenson, assistant vice president and police chief for Union Pacific. "It can take a mile or more to stop a train, and by the time a locomotive engi- neer sees you on the track, it could be too late." "Locomotives and rail cars over- hang the tracks by at least three feet on either side of the rail, and loose straps hanging from rail cars may extend even farther," Jenson adds."If you are next to the tracks, you can be hit by the locomotive, a rail car or anything that may be hanging loose from the car." Hunters aren't the only ones who may violate this law, knowingly or not. Through August of this year, nearly 26,000 people have been caught trespassing on Union Pacific Railroad property. Trespassers on railroad property can be arrested for violating trespassing laws. If they are caught, they could serve jail time and]or have to pay a fine. And while it seems unlikely that someone near a track would fail to hear it coming, last year, 428 pedestrians died and 346 were injured while trespassing on railroad property throughout the United States, mostly in rural areas, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. So don't become a railroad statistic; stay away from railroad tracks this hunting sea- son. Get all of • Nov. 20 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Y Y Y,opping McLouth Purple Gym. McLouth, KS (Park in the North Lot) E clone at one te! • Silpada • Creative Memories • Advocare Products ! • Pampered Chef • Just Jewelry • Watkins i Discovery Toys , * Avon Scentsy Candles • Home Interiors Premier Jewelry • The Rose Blanket Homemade Crafts Tac0 DinneratS!30 p.m. the Club but available Kansas state parks began their off- season on Oct. 1, and it runs through March 31. During this time, many state parks reduce services although all remain open. Office hours and services vary from park to park, but most offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but are closed on holidays. In addition, most unheated toilets and shower buildings with running water are shut down for the cold sea- son. Most heated buildings remain open through the regular hunting seasons, and some remain open year- round. While drinkable water is avail- able at each park headquarters all year, water is shut offat campgrounds and day-use areas that are prone to freezing pipes. Most parks have some drinkable" water available at freeze-proof valves in campgrounds into late November or early December, depending on the weather. Electricity stays on year- round where it is available. Each park remains open to vehicles; how- ever, some campground loops may be closed. Some boat ramps across the state may be closed or only usable by shallow-draft boats. For details, look up individual state parks at the Kansas Depart- ment of Wildlife and Parks website. Online furhavester education course replaces correspondence course Persons desiring to hunt or trap Kansas furbearing animals are anx- iously awaiting the 2010 season opener - noon Wednesday, Nov. 17. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds individuals pre- paring for the opener that Kansas law requires anyone born on or after July 1, 1966, to successfully complete a KDWP-approved furharvester education course before purchasing a furharvester license to hunt, run, or trap furbearers or trap coyotes on lands other than their own. The same license required to take furbearers is required to sell their pelts. The Kansas fdrbearer season -- for badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, swift fox, gray fox, striped skunk and weasel -- is noon Nov. 17 through Feb. 15, 2011. (Beaver trapping season runs through March 31, 2011.) A furhar- vester license is required. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. The Kansas furharvester educa- tion course is offered in two formats: traditional instructor-led or online. The instructor-led course offers stu- dents a comprehensive manual, regu- lations, and advanced furharvesting publications. A limited number of instructor-led courses are offered throughout the year. The free online course replaces the formerly-offered correspondence course and is proving the more popu- lar of the two formats. It can be ac- cessed through the "Other Services/ Education" link at www.kdwp.state. or at Stu- dents begin the course by creating a unique username and password that permits access to the Kansas furhar- vester course. The online course requires students to work through a series of lessons teaching ethical and responsible furharvesting techniques, trap selection and maintenance, and proper handling of harvested fur- bearers. Lessons discussing running hounds, hunting predators with and without hounds, field trials, night hunts, and predator calling are also presented. Quiz questions are presented throughout the course. Students must complete each lesson in se- quence before moving to the next lesson or the final exam. Achieving a final exam score of 84 percent or bet- ter is required to receive the official Furharvester Education Certificate of Competency required by Kansas law and accepted by other states. Read all the county news and see extra photos at deffOountyNews,com Sat., Nov. 13 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Valley Falls School Gymnasium Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Crafts for Kids 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft & food vendors galore! Come join us for a fun day! For more information contact Jsri Clark at 785-224-9811 or vfrsccomm Event sponsored by the Valley Falls Recreation Commission HOLII RECIPE EXCHANGE Share your favorite recipe! 11-21-1tc. KDWP announces state wildlife grant applications and deadlines Application materials for 'the State Wildlife Grants are now avail- able from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. SWG is a federal grant program funded in part by the Fish and Wild- life Service, Department of the Inte- rior, and administered in Kansas by KDWP. The priority of this program is to fund projects that benefit non- game fish and wildlife and their asso- ciated habitats. Federal regulations require that projects benefit "species of greatest conservation need," which may include listed federal and state endangered and threatened spe- cies. KDWP will distribute as much as $400,000 SWG funds through competitive sub-grants. Eligible ap- plicants include local governments, nonprofit corporations, and educa- tional institutiohs. Federal regula- tions require that a minimum of 35 percent of project costsbe matched from non-federal sources. To be eligible, proposals must ad- dress issues and strategies identified in Kansas' Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan, titled "A Future for Kansas Wildlife," which may be found online at (At this website, type "Kansas CWCP" in the search box, then click the "Kansas CWCP" link.) All proposals that ad- dress priorities stated in A Future for Kansas Wildlife for Species of Greatest Conservation Need will be considered for funding. However, priority consideration will be given to research proposals that specifically address the following: • determine habitat associations of broadhead skink (Plestiodon lati- ceps), determine if Kansas popula- tions are genetically distinct from other populations, and provide any observational data as a geospatial layer capable of easy integration into KDWP GIS systems; • determine habitat associations of longnose snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei), determine if Kansas popu- lations are genetically distinct from other populations, and provide any observation data as a geospatial layer capable of easy integration into KDWP GIS systems; • assess reproductive life history of Great Plains pelagic spawning fish -- i.e. plains minnow (Hybognathus placitus), Arkansas River speckled chub (Macrhybopsis tetranema) sil- ver chub (Macrhybopsis storeriana) -- including spawning microhabitat requirements (e.g. flow, substrate, water quality), recruitment success, and impacts ofanthropogenic activi- ties (e.g. flow alteration, obstructions, and water diversion) on the viability • of existing populations; and • assess population sustainability and habitat requirements (physical, biological, and chemical) of the only known population of the Scott riffle beetle (Optioservus phaeus) and evaluate "Active Management Op- tions" related to habitat suitability provided in Recovery Plan for the Scott Riffle Beetle, Optioservus phaeus, in Kansas, (Gilbert). The Recovery Plan can be found online at vicesfrhreatened-and-Endangered- Species/Recovery-Plans. Specific objectives of the Scott riffle beetle work include estimating long-term population viability of the species at the Big Spring site, evalu- ating potential management options to enhance habitat for the species at the Big Spring site (including potential for enhancement of habitat substrate as recommended in the Recovery Plan), and determining site criteria that should be considered if transplant of the species were to be undertaken. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2. Fall foliage paints landscape as autumn lingers Fall is the season of color in Kan- sas, and 2010 has been a good year for those who love the changing hues of autumn leaves, as mild temperatures have kept leaves clinging to branches longer than normal. Autumn weather produces some of the year's clearest skies and most pleasant tempera- tures, and changing foliage invites the sight-seer to the outdoor's grand- est festival. Leaves change color for several reasons as summer yields to impend- ing winter. First, unknown to many people, leaves' true colors are often reddish. This can be seen when leaves first break dormancy in spring, and they appear in pastel reds and pur- ples. Very quickly, green chlorophyll develops to help the leaves produce food, overshadowing the brighter colors. As leaf activity subsides in fall, the chlorophyll breaks down and becomes colorless. This allows the underlying colors to show again. Even more important are chemical changes that act to color the leaves. As the amount of daylight grows shorter each day, physical changes take place to allow the old leaves to drop. The base of each leaf forms an abscission, or shedding, layer of cells, which effectively plugs the pipelines that carry food and water between leaf and tree. On warm days, sugar continues to be produced in the leaf but cannot be transported to the roots. As sugar levels build, chemical changes occur to create vivid reds and yellows. This continues until the leaves die and drop. Some species can be counted on for spectacular color each year. State- wide, look for vivid reds in smooth sumac and poison ivy. Sugar maples and some oaks also produce crimson reds. Maples are known for deep orange, and other oaks and hickories turn a burnished gold. Cottonwoods can add a vibrant yellow to the land- scape wherever they're found. Rainfall often affects autumn's show. In dry years, colors are often dull and lifeless, with leaves turning brown while still on the trees. (Cot- tonwoods in southcentral Kansas, for example, are not as brightly yel- low this year, likely due to lack of rainfall.) In wet years, leaves may continue to grow late into the season so that persistent chlorophyll masks much of the autumn color. Best are years of average weather conditions when many days of warm sun are followed by cool nights. However intense, autumn's show of color is usually nature's most bril- liant feature, and many nature lovers take advantage of the outdoors at this special time. The Vindicator and 3Jnbrptnbtnt published the wrong ad for ESH Quality Structures in the Oct. 28, 2010, issue. The price for the RV Storage in that ad should have been $16,900. IE00IHI i we are sorry for any misunderstanding or problems this might have caused. : -- The Publisher I 11-21-1ff 1-21-1tp 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. 28thAnnual Breakfast Feed Sat., Nov. 13 located at the Reformed Presbyterian Church 308 Delaware • Winchester Free-will Donation Bake Sale and other items for sale! 408 Delaware F.W. HUSTON Winchester, KS MEDICAL CENTER 913-774-4340 'We Care For Those You Care For". | L