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 95 - Baiting Deer 09/20/2023
Episode 95 - Baiting Deer So, in this episode three Kansas board members make an argument for why the baiting of deer is not needed in the great state of Kansas. Included in the show is an invite to anyone who is a BHA member to come on and make an argument for the baiting of deer. Not a member...sign up and come make your point. I'm an open minded guy. Just last week I tried sushi. I still don't like sushi and it will be an uphill battle to convince at least me baiting deer is deer hunting.
info_outline Episode 93 - Partnerships for Fish and Wildlife 08/16/2023
Episode 93 - Partnerships for Fish and Wildlife In this episode we talk with the USFWS and a southwest Kansas rancher about the Parternerships for Fish and Wildlife Program administered by the USFWS. Learn how this program is making better habitat for lesser pairie chickens, helping with water quality, and increasing ranching production.
info_outline Episode 92 - Johnson County Parks 08/02/2023
Episode 92 - Johnson County Parks When it was first communicated to me we were doing a podcast about a park in Johnson County I was a little confused about a how parks relate to hunting and fishing. Boy was that confusion all cleared up. This is an extremely interesting episode about how Johnson County has protected large areas, created opportunities for fishing and hunting, and made a connection between those living in the urban jungle and the great outdoors. What a great episode on how near even the busiest metropolitan area in Kansas, there is still a high quality outdoors.
info_outline Episode 90 - Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams 07/10/2023
Episode 90 - Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams In this episode we sit down with Andrew Rutter and Libby Albers and talk about how KAWS is improving water quality for all Kansans.
info_outline Episode 89 - Education and Creation of Place 06/21/2023
Episode 89 - Education and Creation of Place We sit down with BHA Kansas Board Member Matt Clay and talk about his time outdoors, but more importantly how he has used that time to pay it forward. Matt's new book, "The World Educators Create - The Role of Education in the Creation of Place" is a deep dive into the role of education in providing meaning to communities and landscapes. Matt is a super smart dude. You'll enjoy this one.
info_outline Episode 88 - Marshal Loftus 06/07/2023
Episode 88 - Marshal Loftus When the boss is away the board members will play. Kurt is on vacation so I get with Marshal Loftus, one of our founding board members, to get his perspectives on a few things. It recently dawned on me our members and others need to get to know who is doing the work. So, more board member interviews are coming. These guys are superheros and who doesn't want to know a superhero, let alone 10?
info_outline Episode 87 - KDWP Secretary Brad Loveless 05/17/2023
Episode 87 - KDWP Secretary Brad Loveless In this episode we visit with the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Brad Loveless. We do a recap on the legislative session, talk Wildlife Commission, get the lowdown on the crazy proposal for 10,000 additional deer tags in the budget as a proviso, and talk about a new state park. This is a long one, but it's full of good information, tough questions, and dreams.
info_outline Episode 86 - Farm Bill Time 05/04/2023
Episode 86 - Farm Bill Time If you like habitat and learning this is the episode for you. In this episode we visit with Matt Smith of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture about the Farm Bill. Buckle up and get smarter about what should matter to most hunters.
info_outline Episode 84 - Archery the Right Way...and Wrong Way 04/05/2023
Episode 84 - Archery the Right Way...and Wrong Way We sit down with the gentlemen of Elevated Archery in Bonner Springs and talk about getting into archery and making new friends along the way. Topics covered include practicing like you hunt, equipment, camaraderie in the archery world, dry fires, and lots of other stuff. This is a great episode with some top notch dudes doing what they love for all the right reasons.
info_outline Episode 83 - Why Landowner Transferrable Big Game Tags are Bad 03/15/2023
Episode 83 - Why Landowner Transferrable Big Game Tags are Bad This is one of the most serious and important episodes we've ever done. We discuss the Public Trust Doctrine and the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation in the context of transferrable big game tags, an issue that annually hits the Kansas Legislature. To help us with this discussion we enlist the help of former KDWP Assistant Secretary Mike Miller to talk about the history of transferrable deer tags in Kansas and Thomas Baumeister of the MT, an expert on both the Public Trust Doctrine and the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation.
info_outline Episode 82 - Maintaining the Grass 03/01/2023
Episode 82 - Maintaining the Grass We sit down with Dean Krehbiel of the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service and Cade Rensink an ag producer from the Minneapolis, KS area and talk about the varoius programs USDA has to help the farming and ranching community manage their property for better ag profits and conservation. As the say goes "what's good for the herd is good for the bird".
info_outline Episode 81 - Lots of Trips on a Little Money 02/15/2023
Episode 81 - Lots of Trips on a Little Money In this episode Kurt and Michelle Ratzlaff explain how they do so many trips each year without spending tons of money. If you like to be outdoors a lot in wild places, but can't figure out how to do it efficiently, this is the episode for you.
info_outline Episode 80 - The Chatter that is Kansas BHA 02/01/2023
Episode 80 - The Chatter that is Kansas BHA In this episode nearly the entire Kansas Board of BHA gets involved in a discussion about all sorts of stuff Kansas BHA related. We cover everything from why BHA to overcrowding in the duck pond. This podcast episode was part of the activities associated with the Kansas BHA Board 2023 Strategic Planning weekend at Eldorado Lake State Park.
info_outline Episode 78 - Trash in the Kansas River 01/03/2023
Episode 78 - Trash in the Kansas River So Kurt and I talk with Dawn Buehler, Kansas River Keeper, about trash and clean-ups related to the Kansas River. Come to find out, unlike meatloaf, not all trash was thought to be bad at one time. It was used in what was thought to be a good way. We talk about the trash, tires, and other items in the Kansas River and the progress being made to clean the Kansas River up.
info_outline Episode 76 - The BHA Armed Forces Initiative 12/07/2022
Episode 76 - The BHA Armed Forces Initiative In this episode we visit with Trevor Hubbs from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers HQ regarding the Armed Forces Initiative (AFI). Trevor leads the BHA AFI and man is this guy busy. Listen to what he's been up to and the big things he has planned.
info_outline Episode 73 - The State Wildlife Action Plan and the Recovering America's Wildlife Act 10/19/2022
Episode 73 - The State Wildlife Action Plan and the Recovering America's Wildlife Act This episode is with special guest Daren Riedle of the KDWP. This is a great rundown of the State Wildlife Action Plan and how it may be impacted by the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Plus we talk about a lot of other stuff.
info_outline Episode 70 - Introducing The North American Grassland Conservation Act 09/07/2022
Episode 70 - Introducing The North American Grassland Conservation Act We talk with Bethany Erb of Pheasants Forever about the North American Grassland Conservation Act, recently introduced by Senator Wyden of Oregon.
info_outline Episode 68 - Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition 08/03/2022
Episode 68 - Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition We sit down and talk with Barth Crouch who is the State Coordinator of the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition. Barth brings us up to speed with what the KGLC is doing to help ranchers better manage their lands for cattle, wildlife, and the future of grasslands in Kansas.
info_outline Episode 67 - The North American Model 07/20/2022
Episode 67 - The North American Model Get smarter! In this episode Kurt provides an overview of the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation. This is a great episode to listen to if you like to know a lot. If you don't like to know a lot, well I don't know what's wrong with you!
info_outline Episode 66 - A Reason to Stay Fit 07/07/2022
Episode 66 - A Reason to Stay Fit In this episode we visit with Board member Jed Reece about what he does to stay fit for packing. Jed is chiseled, in shape, and the most successful novice elk hunter I know. He's a living example of how fitness can help you be a better hunter.