I seldom write a column devoted to numerous subjects; to me it’s like a church bulletin with too many announcements.


I seldom write a column devoted to numerous subjects; to me it’s like a church bulletin with too many announcements.

This week however, I have enough small pieces of information to make this format worthwhile.

• Jack Hoskinson, President of the Kansas Striper Association recently contacted me to say he has convinced famed angler Stu Tinney to make a guest appearance at his club’s first annual “Reunion Tournament.”

Stu Tinney was the driving force in making inland striper fishing the popular sport it is today, and helped gather much needed information for fisheries biologists that is still used to manage and regulate inland striper fishing. Stu is editor and publisher of Striper Magazine and is known for his family oriented tournaments and technique-teaching seminars that would bring together hundreds of avid striper fishermen and women from as many as seven surrounding states.

The tournament is free and open to the public Sept. 19 through 21 at Thunderbird Marina on beautiful Milford Lake. Stu has agreed to attend and present one of his old time seminars.

Contact Jack Hoskinson at (785) 658-3811 or John Kelley at (620) 960-9104 for more information. For camping and boat slip information contact Thunderbird Marina at (785) 238-5864.

• In researching stories, I often work with statistics provided by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Recently while formulating my response to a letter from an obvious anti-hunter and trapper, I again procured numerous statistics to show not only wildlife harvest numbers but also average annual reproduction rates of deer and Kansas furbearers. The numbers I found astounded even me.

In 2006, 79,191 deer were harvested statewide. Of those, 37,853 were does. At an estimated reproduction rate of 1.25 fawns per doe (five fawns for every four does) more than 40, 000 deer would be added to the population the first year if deer hunting ceased.

Compound that number as the number of “unharvested” deer compounded each year and ... well, you do the math.

Also in 2006, Kansas trappers harvested 11,000 beaver, 32,000 coyotes and 87,000 raccoons. At average annual reproduction rates of three to four young for beavers and raccoons and six to eight for coyotes, imagine the overpopulations of furbearers after even a single year with no trapping. This also says a lot for our successful management of these animals, as these numbers will repeat themselves year after year baring catastrophic diseases.

• In a magazine I “borrowed” from the doctor’s office, I found a story entitled “Megabucks,” a sampling of Bass Pro’s unbelievable “King of Bucks” whitetail collection.

It went on to say, “There are more than 225 monster deer racks that comprise the King of Bucks collection at Bass Pro Shops. The mounts travel across the country to various outdoor events in six tractor trailers. The growing assemblage of antlers contains some of the sports finest whitetails.”

What followed were eight pages containing photos of 33 of the most amazing whitetail deer mounts I have ever seen. Now you’re thinking, “Steve that’s real nice but why should this interest me?”

This should interest you because six of those 33 amazing whitetail deer mounts were harvested right here in Kansas. Have I made my point? For more photos and stories go to basspro.com and type in “King of Bucks Collection” in the product search box at the top.

So there you have it for odds and ends week. I hope I held your attention better than when the announcements are read at church. I have some fun stories planned for the future and as always I’m open to your suggestions. … Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors!

Steve Gilliland is a syndicated outdoors columnist, and can be contacted by e-mail at stevegilliland@embarqmail.com.