The Kansas BHA Podcast
Kansas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers presents the Kansas BHA Podcast. An entertaining show about all things related to the preservation of the wild being wild.
info_outline Episode 38 - Kansas Aquatic Nuisance Species 05/05/2021
Episode 38 - Kansas Aquatic Nuisance Species Zoom. Remember those ex girlfriends and boyfriends from high school who would never go away? Then one day you finally start to believe the tether is cut when all the sudden they're at your favorite hangout with all your friends. Well aquatic nuisance species are no different other than a restraining order won't do the trick. Chris Steffens, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator with the KDWPT, visits with us. We talk all sorts of aquatic nuisances from fish and mussels to plants. Enjoy.
info_outline Episode 37 - Public Lands in Kansas 04/21/2021
Episode 37 - Public Lands in Kansas Zoom. Are you frustrated by the lack of private land access? In this episode we talk about public lands in Kansas with the Public Lands Division Director, Stuart Schrag. We cover lots of stuff from the history of public lands in Kansas to what the future may hold for public lands in Kansas. Listen in, learn a little about public lands in Kansas, and enjoy.
info_outline Episode 36 - It is Time to Camp 04/07/2021
Episode 36 - It is Time to Camp Zoom. I camp, you camp, we all camp. How about trying some new tactics and locations to get to some really cool locations? We thought we knew how to plan a camping trip, but we don't hold a candle to the Ratzlaff's. Michelle gives up her secrets and I was listening. We cover different locations, different types of public land and how to get a spot on it, and how to get to those really special places. Episode 36 is ready. Listen carefully and plan your next adventure.
info_outline Episode 35 - Ducks Unlimited 03/17/2021
Episode 35 - Ducks Unlimited Zoom. Catch Episode 35 before it flies away. In this podcast we talk with representatives of Ducks Unlimited about some of the amazing things they are doing for conservation, hunting, habitat, and wildlife in Kansas; many of which are things well beyond the benefit of waterfowl and waterfowl hunters. We should all be super thankful there is a DU. Listen in to find out why.
info_outline Episode 34 - Turkeys and Prairie Chickens 03/03/2021
Episode 34 - Turkeys and Prairie Chickens This one is for the birds, turkeys and prairie chickens to be exact. Kent Fricke, the KDWPT's biologist when it comes to both, talks with us. Joining us is Jeff Prendergast, whose KDWPT title I can never remember. I just remember him as the "Yoda" of game birds in Kansas. We cover what to expect this spring in the turkey woods along with a great discussion on prairie chickens, covering everything from surveys to sounds.
info_outline Episode 33 - Tag You're It 02/17/2021
Episode 33 - Tag You're It Zoom. Tag, you're it. It's not tag the game it's game we tag. In this episode a few board members, one who is clearly an expert we should all listen to, cover some tags common to a few of us that apply in other states. If you are just getting into out of state large game hunting or want to get into it listen to this episode. This is a great introduction to out of state big game hunting.
info_outline Episode 32 - Everything But The Meat 02/03/2021
Episode 32 - Everything But The Meat Walton's. Everything but the meat! A little secret here...we actually eat a little meat on this episode. Other than the real meat we cover a lot of other meat. Meat being Walton's...their history, how they can help you be a better processor, what's coming, and lots of chatter around a campfire. Well it was actually a table. This is no candy store, well it's not a meat store either; but if you kill your food you need to know Walton's. This episode was a ton of fun to record.
info_outline Episode 31 - Recap of the Year that Sucked 01/20/2021
Episode 31 - Recap of the Year that Sucked Zoom. The end of the year came for the year that sucked. In this episode we recap the Kansas Chapter of BHA's progress in 2020 amid the challenges. We also talk a little about what's coming for Kansas BHA members in 2021, a little hunting, and lots of other stuff. Enjoy the episode.
info_outline Episode 30 - KDWPT Public Land Guy 01/06/2021
Episode 30 - KDWPT Public Land Guy Zoom. Man are we glad this guy is on our team. Mike Nyhoff has been with the KDWPT for 40 years as a public lands guy. Currently the Regional Supervisor of Public Lands in Northwest Kansas, his title is just a suggestion. Mike handles everything from statewide special hunts and iSportsman to supervising the managers of various public lands. Listen in as we discuss all things public land and access. Such a great guy with a dedicated career that has made the best of everything we love.
info_outline Episode 29 - Fort Riley 12/16/2020
Episode 29 - Fort Riley Zoom. Episode 29 is mission oriented. Well kind of. It's Fort Riley oriented and Fort Riley has a lot of important missions in keeping the world safe. Closer to home Fort Riley offers 70,000 acres of access for hunting and fishing. You just have to work around the guys working with guns and tanks. Have a listen as we talk about these activities on the Fort and how you too can enjoy them. Yes, we do talk about the elk herd and yes Kurt got a little giddy.
info_outline Episode 27 - Stealing Spots and New Experiences 11/18/2020
Episode 27 - Stealing Spots and New Experiences Zoom. Someone stole Kurt's hunting spot! Listen in on how a first time western big game hunter was able to key in so well on good pronghorn hunting that he ended up in Kurt's favorite spot. Nevertheless the encounter started a new friendship and insight into what it takes to make the first trip west for big game.
info_outline Episode 26 - Hunt Stories Part 1 11/04/2020
Episode 26 - Hunt Stories Part 1 Zoom. From the mountains of Idaho to the hills of Nebraska, stories from the field. Seasons started opening in early September and members have been capitalizing, having fun, and creating memories. Have a listen and enjoy. Get out there folks.
info_outline Episode 25 - wildHERness 10/21/2020
Episode 25 - wildHERness Zoom. Episode 25 is up rolling. We visit with the Founder and Crew to discuss all sorts of stuff related to wildHERness. The tangents add up as we discuss pistol shooting, snakes, and Huck Finn. Have a listen and learn a thing or two about this amazing group of women and their mission to get females involved in the outdoors.
info_outline Episode 24 - The 2020 Upland Forecast 10/07/2020
Episode 24 - The 2020 Upland Forecast Zoom. Jeff Prendergast gives us all the details as part of the upland forecast. More specifically, waypoints of known bird locations, the direction to point your gun, and he explains a known location where the birds clean themselves. It's all in the podcast folks. Seriously, Jeff goes over the forecast for this year, which looks to be fantastic. Waypoints are not promised but we do narrow it down to roughly a 200 mile by 400 mile area. It's hunting season. Get out there folks!
info_outline Episode 23 - Game Wardens Return 09/16/2020
Episode 23 - Game Wardens Return Zoom. The return of Q&A with our Game Warden friends. We recorded a recent virtual pint night where the Kansas BHA Chapter visited with two Game Wardens about everything you can imagine related to staying on the right side of the law. It is fun an entertaining and of course informative. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 22 - Bird Dog Care 09/02/2020
Episode 22 - Bird Dog Care Manhattan, Kansas. In this episode we visit with Dr. Julie Frese regarding all of your burning questions about taking care of field dogs. We take the discussion full circle covering everything from paw pads to what a good dog turd should look like. Kurt even did a bag dump of his hunting vest to review with Dr. Frese what a person needs to carry in the field for their dog. I learned Snickers are for people not dogs. Have a listen, enjoy, and welcome to hunting season everyone!
info_outline Episode 21 - Chasing Wisconsin Bears 08/19/2020
Episode 21 - Chasing Wisconsin Bears Glen Flora, WI. We took the Kansas BHA Podcast to Wisconsin for their bear dog training season. If you're sick of Toto jokes, know that Wisconsinites are sick of cheese jokes and I have some really good cheese jokes. In this episode we spend two days chasing bears with hound dogs. Take in this tradition of family, dogs, bears and fun in the woods of northern Wisconsin. This is the most thorough review of chasing bears with dogs ever in the history of the world...by a Kansan.
info_outline Episode 20 - WIHA 08/05/2020
Episode 20 - WIHA Zoom. Episode 20 and the 20th anniversary of Kansas WIHA. If you have been telling everyone you don't hunt because you have no place to go, well you're wrong. Wes Sowards, the Asst. Dir. of the Wildlife Division of the KDWPT, does a deep dive on the Kansas Walk-In Hunting Access Program (WIHA) with us. This popular program is a model being repeated in many states. Join us as we talk about the history of the program, how the program works, as well as what's in store for the future of WIHA.
info_outline Episode 19 - The Armed Forces Initiative with Morgan Mason 07/15/2020
Episode 19 - The Armed Forces Initiative with Morgan Mason Zoom. Thank you for your service! What better way to do that than through BHA's Armed Forces Initiative (AFI). In this episode we visit with Morgan Mason, the AFI Coordinator for BHA. We talk about his plans for the AFI, how our chapter and others may get involved, and other tangential issues like Kansas bird hunting. Mogan is a Kansas guy, having grown up in Wakefield; and all of us should be super proud to have him. Take a listen, learn something and help out with the AFI if you can.
info_outline Episode 18 - CWD in Kansas 07/01/2020
Episode 18 - CWD in Kansas Zoom. Episode 18 is now available. In this episode we visit with Levi Jaster, Big Game Program Coordinator at the KDWPT, about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Kansas Deer. This is good information about the disease, the science of CWD, what we can do to prevent its spread in Kansas, and what the KDWPT is contemplating in terms of countermeasures for the future. Subscribe and give us 5 stars.
info_outline Episode 17 - Conservation Hero Ed Arnett 06/17/2020
Episode 17 - Conservation Hero Ed Arnett Zoom. Episode 17 is ready for your listening. This is a very good episode with a super smart guy. In this episode Kurt and I visit with Ed Arnett, Ph.D.; Chief Scientist at the TRCP. We spend a lot of time talking about grouse, yes prairie chickens are grouse. This is an extremely interesting episode that dives into the politics of conservation, energy development, and just general fun. Enjoy the episode. If you don't learn something you might just be uneducable.
info_outline Episode 16 - Boundary Waters 06/03/2020
Episode 16 - Boundary Waters Zoom. Steve Piragis is the owner and operator of Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, Minnesota near the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). In this episode we visit with Steve about almost everything BWCAW including: the uniqueness of the area, trip planning, bugs, bears, geology, fishing; and most importantly Steve's involvement in Save the Boundary Waters, an initiative to curb a Chilean mining company from potentially putting Wilderness in peril. Great episode and information.
info_outline Episode 15 - Brad Brooks 05/20/2020
Episode 15 - Brad Brooks Zoom. In this episode we visit with Brad Brooks of Argali Outdoors. You have probably seen some of Brad's awesome videos on YouTube. Brad also works for the Wilderness Society. Brad visits with us about Wilderness, wilderness, his videos, Argali and a number of other topics. Enjoy this episode and please give us 5 stars and subscribe.
info_outline Episode 14 - Ty Stubblefield 05/06/2020
Episode 14 - Ty Stubblefield Zoom. Electronic faces in far away places. We visit with Ty Stubblefield, Chapter Coordinator at HQ and all around fun guy about all things BHA. Some of the topics covered are Ty the myth, the man, the legend; Virtual Rendezvous 2020; Hike to Hunt; bird dogs; Shootin' the Bull; and Airplanes. This is a really fun episode and great introduction to one of the most dedicated, conservation minded, individuals we have on the BHA Team.
info_outline Episode 13 - Fallen Outdoors Kansas 04/15/2020
Episode 13 - Fallen Outdoors Kansas Fort Dodge, Kansas. In this episode I sit down with Bobby Cole of Fallen Outdoors Kansas. We talk about the mission of Fallen Outdoors Kansas, what they do and how they do it, and how one becomes involved; in addition to a variety of other topics. Veterans are the backbone of our way of life, take a listen and find out how you can thank a veteran through your enjoyment of the outdoors. Please subscribe to our show and give it 5 stars.
info_outline Episode 12 - Young and Outdoors 04/01/2020
Episode 12 - Young and Outdoors Wichita, Kansas. The future of the outdoors is contained within the youth of the present. We visit with Brittany Waldman of Pass It On Outdoor Mentors and Victor Mercado of Maize High School about what they are doing to get youth engaged in the outdoors. This is a fun discussion about the importance of youth in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, how you can get involved and many other related topics. Please subscribe to our show and give it 5 stars.
info_outline Episode 11 - Turkey Talk 03/18/2020
Episode 11 - Turkey Talk Emporia, Kansas. We sit down with KDWPT Turkey Biologist Kent Fricke and NWTF Turkey Biologist Jim Pitman to talk all things Turkeys. History of turkeys in Kansas, where have all the turkeys gone, counting turkeys, the future of turkeys in Kansas, habitat and you pretty much name it related to turkeys and it's covered. I guess we never did cover cooking turkeys...maybe a future episode. Enjoy the podcast.
info_outline Episode 10 - A Fishing Future 03/04/2020
Episode 10 - A Fishing Future Manhattan, Kansas. In this episode we cornered Lynn Davignon, KDWPT Region 1 Fisheries Supervisor, and David Spalsbury, the KDWPT District Fisheries Biologist from Cedar Bluff Reservoir about all sorts of things regarding fishing. The why of creel, length and slot limits; the fishing outlook; fishing opportunities; invasive species and hidden brush piles. If you like your fishing, you will love this episode.
info_outline Episode 9 - KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless 02/19/2020
Episode 9 - KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless Manhattan, Kansas. Sponsored by Waltons, Inc. - "Everything but the Meat". We caught up to KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference and talked about his career in conservation, secret fishing spots, how stuff gets done at the KDWPT, and legislation expected in the 2020 session. On top of all that, Secretary Loveless became an official Kansas Chapter BHA member the same evening. Enjoy the episode!