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 49 - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge 10/20/2021
Episode 49 - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Zoom. In this episode we visit with Mike Oldham, the Manager of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Mike tells us a ton about the refuge, opportunities for hunting on the refuge, and some of the more unique and even endangered species that visit the refuge. Learn how Quivira is important not only to Kansas waterfowl, but the country's waterfowl as a whole. This prairie hotel for water birds is a 5-star all of us should know about and protect.
info_outline Episode 48 - Kansas Upland Forecast 10/06/2021
Episode 48 - Kansas Upland Forecast Fly away home in this episode. If you're thinking of that movie with the little girl in a small plane and geese following her, you'd be wrong. This episode is about all upland things flying in our home state of Kansas and it doesn't really hinge on saving birds, but rather shooting a few here and there. Jeff Prendergast gives an update on what we can look forward to this upland season in Kansas. Plus we talk about a lot of other stuff. It's always fun with Jeff, even if he is a lab guy.
info_outline Episode 47 - Top 5 Reasons Everyone Should Backpack 09/15/2021
Episode 47 - Top 5 Reasons Everyone Should Backpack In this episode Kurt goes over the top 5 reasons everyone should backpack. I tell you what, I listen to a lot of these through editing and so on and Kurt really nails it here. Listen to this, be inspired, and go backpack. I love this episode! This is a no bullshit, gettin' after it, episode of what the outdoors can and does bring to all us.
info_outline Episode 46 - Lesser Prairie Chickens 09/01/2021
Episode 46 - Lesser Prairie Chickens Zoom. All you ever wanted to know about Lesser Prairie Chickens. In this episode we visit with THE expert in regards to Lesser Prairie Chickens, Dr. David Haukos of the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Dr. Haukous has been studying Lesser Prairie Chickens his entire career. Listen in as we talk about what makes Lesser Prairie Chickens go good or go bust. This is a great episode to get your head around why these fascinating birds are being considered for ESA protections.
info_outline Episode 45 - Edgar Castillo 08/18/2021
Episode 45 - Edgar Castillo Zoom. If you are not following Edgar Castillo (@hunt_birdz) on Instagram you're missing out. In addition to Instagram, Edgar writes for several publications including Project Upland. As an avid upland hunter Edgar has a knack for finding birds, with or without a dog. He tells these stories through his posts and articles. Listen in on Episode 45 as we visit with Edgar about why he does what he does. Enjoy.
info_outline Episode 44 - Top 5 Outdoor Gear 08/04/2021
Episode 44 - Top 5 Outdoor Gear Kurt pulls together a Top 5 gear items for the generalist outdoors person. This is a must listen if you're just getting started in the outdoors or if you're the experienced outdoors person. I think these days they call it a bug out kit in the fancy world of being prepared to live in an apocalyptic world...or a just a camping trip. Enjoy.
info_outline Episode 43 - Kansas Wildscape Foundation 07/21/2021
Episode 43 - Kansas Wildscape Foundation Zoom. In this episode we visit with Marc Murrell, the Executive Director of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation. Do you not know what that is? Neither did I, but man are they doing some amazing things to get people connected to the outdoors. Have a listen and hear just a few of the ways they are helping bring out the best of the outdoors.
info_outline Episode 42 - Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the KDWP 07/07/2021
Episode 42 - Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the KDWP Emporia, Kansas. Probably one of our better episodes. We sit down with Brad Loveless and Mike Miller, Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at the time of recording; now the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. We really get into the meat and potatoes of legislation, what's ahead, and other issues. Get your ears on and listen. This is a great episode!
info_outline Episode 41 - Introducing the BHA Great Plains Chapters Coordinator 06/16/2021
Episode 41 - Introducing the BHA Great Plains Chapters Coordinator Zoom. Tag along as we get to know the new Great Plains Chapters Coordinator, Josh Stratton. This is not a job for Josh, this is a lifelong mission to make sure public lands are available for not only this generation but future generations. Listen for yourself, absorb just a little of his passion, and come away feeling energized to make great things happen in the Great Plains for BHA and public lands. Episode 41 is available now.
info_outline Episode 40 - Fort Riley Poachers Busted 06/02/2021
Episode 40 - Fort Riley Poachers Busted Zoom. Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? In this episode we get the low down from two of Kansas's finest Game Wardens on a group of poachers busted on Fort Riley. Poaching has no place in the sportsman's world, a lesson these fellas learned the hard way.
info_outline Episode 39 - Camp Etiquette 05/19/2021
Episode 39 - Camp Etiquette We let it all out in Episode 39. This episode covers some annoying things we experience in campgrounds and on our public lands. So if you're oblivious to the good experience sought by those around you, this might be the episode for you. If you do know what being good is, maybe listen anyway...I bet you find it entertaining.
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.