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 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!
info_outline Episode 8 - The Public Land Owner Film Festival 02/05/2020
Episode 8 - The Public Land Owner Film Festival Wichita, Kansas. Now sponsored by Walton's - "Everything but the Meat". This was a whirlwind of an episode where we grabbed some attendees at the PLOFF to discuss whatever. In the process we hear from our new podcast sponsor Walton's, a KDWPT Commissioner, a representative from the Kansas Wildlife Federation and the editor of the film who shares his own story of experiencing our public lands.
info_outline Episode 7 - Friends of the Kaw 01/15/2020
Episode 7 - Friends of the Kaw Lawrence, Kansas. Are you interested in learning a little more about one of the last wild places in Kansas? In this episode we visit with the Kansas River Keeper, Dawn Buehler. Her title is a matter of fact type title that tells her story. Dawn is Executive Director of Friends of the Kaw and she looks after all 173 miles of the Kansas River from Junction City to Kansas City. Join us as we learn more about Friends of the Kaw, the Kansas River and then plan your next adventure on the Kansas River.
info_outline Episode 6 - BHA Kansas Year in Review 01/01/2020
Episode 6 - BHA Kansas Year in Review Topeka, Kansas. Kurt Ratzlaff, KS BHA Board Chair, and Jeff Hancock, KS BHA Board Member; discuss some of this past year's accomplishments by KS BHA and things to look for in the new year from KS BHA. Happy New Year!
info_outline Episode 5 - The Bear Skull Girls 12/18/2019
Episode 5 - The Bear Skull Girls Goddard, Kansas. Grizzly bears in Kansas? In this episode we visit with Ashley Watt. This fall Ashley and her sister Erin were kayaking on the Arkansas River and found a grizzly bear, well sort of. They found a fossilizing grizzly bear skull, the most intact ever found in Kansas. Listen to Ashley describe their find and the adventure of that day that her and Erin will never forget.
info_outline Episode 4 - The Ringneck Classic 12/04/2019
Episode 4 - The Ringneck Classic Colby, Kansas. It was a late night after a long day at the Ringneck Classic when we sat down with John Gale, Conservation Director at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and Evan Rodgers, Private Land Conservationist in Northwest Kansas for Pheasants Forever. We talk BHA, PF and some of the common ground both organizations have.
info_outline Episode 3 - Water 11/15/2019
Episode 3 - Water Lawrence, Kansas. Mark Twain once said, “Whiskey is for Drinking & Water is for Fighting”. If you listen to this episode with Rex Buchanan, Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, you’ll get a feel for why that fight exists from various perspectives. We also discuss the historical impact of water on public land places in Kansas like Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Cheyenne Bottoms, and The Cimarron National Grasslands.
info_outline Episode 2 - Kansas Game Wardens 10/15/2019
Episode 2 - Kansas Game Wardens Manhattan, Kansas. In this episode we visit with Kansas Game Wardens Jacob Greene and Jacob Spear about a variety of topics including: what it takes to be a Kansas Game Warden, fish shrinkage, and retrieving game on private property. Have a listen, learn something, and enjoy a good laugh along the way.
info_outline Episode 1 - What Will the KS Uplands Bring This Season 09/20/2019
Episode 1 - What Will the KS Uplands Bring This Season Hays, Kansas. In this episode we visit with Jeff Prendergast, KDWPT Small Game Biologist, who focuses on our pheasant and quail hunting populations in Kansas. We talk about quail and pheasant hunting in Kansas, fox tail, habitat, the 2019 bird forecast, how bird forecast are assembled, shared secrets of success, and biologist shadow hunters.