Jan
27
8:30 AM08:30

ARC January Float

THE ARC JANUARY 27, 2018 FLOAT will launch at Rainbow Bend Bridge and take out at Geuda Springs Bridge.

FLOAT COORDINATOR: Wally Seibel, contact wallyseibel@aol.com or 316-684-0730 for information or boat reservations . . .    cell contact at the put in on Jan 27- Vince Marshall at 316 680 9669.

REQUIRED:  A signed Waiver and Release of Liability is required of each participating paddler, even if you use your own boat.  Get forms from www.ArkRiverCoalition org; go to Floats >Waiver forms and click on Adult or Minors waiver form.  Please download and complete before arriving. 

MEETING TIME AND SCHEDULE: Boats supplied by ARC will be assigned and available for loading personal gear by 8:30. Drivers, please be prepared to join the vehicle shuttle to the take out promptly at 9:00.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: 

From Udall head south on Clark Street, which becomes 21st Rd south of Udall, and continue south for 14.0 miles to 202nd Rd.  Turn right onto 202nd Rd and go 0.5 mile to the bridge.

From Oxford head east on US-160 for 3.8 miles, turn right onto 21st Rd  and continue south for 4.2 miles to 202nd Rd.  Turn right onto 202nd Rd and go 0.5 mile to the bridge.

FLOAT DESCRIPTION: The float trip will cover about 8.3 river miles at a leisurely paddling  pace. There will be an extended rest stop and lunch break (BYOL) around noon. Expect to arrive at the take out by mid afternoon, between 2:30 and 3:00, and be on your way home by 3-4 p.m.

NEED A KAYAK?  The Arkansas River Coalition has kayaks to lend. If you need a kayak, contact Wally as soon as possible to make arrangements.

RSVP: Although a response in not required if you have your own boat, it is appreciated and to your advantage to RSVP if you plan to participate so that you can be contacted if weather conditions require a change in plan or venue.

OPTIONAL CAMPING: The Saturday only paddlers will take out at the Geuda Springs Bridge and head for home. You are invited to join those of us who will continue on down river to camp overnight on a sandbar.  Sunday we will take out at Ark City, about 6 river miles from the Geuda.

PLEASE NOTE- COLD WEATHER REQUIREMENTS: Cold weather paddling presents special challenges and dangers. In case of a spill, all soaked, wet clothing must be removed very quickly and be replaced with dry to prevent hypothermia. We will be prepared to quickly make a warming fire where possible and carry towels, sleeping bags and warming blankets.

1. Do not wear garments like jeans and sweatshirts made of cotton. They are heavy and very cold when wet and take forever to dry. Wear garments of man-made fabrics or wool - wool retains its insulating properties even when damp or wet.

2. Wear boots that will keep your feet dry in water up to 12 inches depth. You may have to drag your boat off a submerged sandbar.

3. Bring a complete change of clothes secured in a dry bag. If you do not have a dry bag, a trash compactor bag with the opening twisted, turned back on itself and rubber-banded makes an excellent substitute.

4. Layer your clothing. The amount of clothing for a cold morning may need to be adjusted to later weather conditions and paddling exertion.

SAFETY RULES:  Safety is paramount, these safety guidelines must be observed

1. A life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), must be worn at all times when on the water- no exceptions.

2. There will be a designated lead boat, or probe, and a sweep. Stay with the group, do not move ahead of the probe and do not fall behind the sweep. This makes it possible for aid to arrive more quickly in case help is needed. This is especially important in cold weather

3. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly not allowed while floating or during rest/lunch stops.

MEDICAL: Participants should be in good health and good physical condition. It takes extra time and expense when a paddler needs to receive medical attention and for possible later evacuation from a remote river location.

COST: There is no cost for joining our floats. The activities of the Arkansas River Coalition and its river floats are made possible by voluntary, tax deductible, donations from friends, supporters and  participants like you. A $15 donation is suggested when using ARC supplied equipment. Please make donation checks payable to The Arkansas River Coalition, Inc. In case of cash donations, write the amount of your donation on the back of your Waiver of Liability form.

The Arkansas River Coalition is much more than just a paddle club. If  you are not a member of ARC, please consider joining to support its mission to protect, restore and improve the entire watershed and enhance the well-being of all life it sustains. Membership forms may be downloaded from this web site, ArkRiverCoalition.org.

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16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids' Sake
May
4
to May 5

16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids' Sake

We are ramping up for the 16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids’ Sake Sporting Clays event! The Pass It On -- Outdoor Mentors program relies on the Bust-a-Clay for Kids’ Sake event for a significant portion of the funding that allows us to provide quality outdoor experiences for kids from across Kansas.

This year, the event is scheduled for May 4th & 5th at Flint Oak. We will have dinner and an auction the evening of the 4th, followed by a presentation byTBD.

On the 5th, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and spend the morning busting clays on the scenic course at Flint Oak.

To join us, all you need to do is raise $350 in pledges for the targets you break. We will have great prizes for the top 3 pledge earners.

Thanks to your support, the Pass It On -- Outdoor Mentors program is growing and expanding to serve more of our youth across Kansas and across the country.

Event Schedule:

Friday, May 4

  • Dinner and Auction beginning with Social Hour at 7:30pm 
  • Presentation by TBD
  • All shooters are invited to stay Friday evening at the luxurious Flint Oak Lodge.

Saturday, May 5

  • Breakfast beginning at 6:30am
  • Sporting Clays beginning at 8:00am
  • Lunch beginning at noon
  • Awards ceremony at 1:30pm

The event is free to participants, including lodging, meals, shooting and shells for the round of clays. However, each participant must raise a minimum of $350in pledges for the targets they break. Pledges may either be an amount per target or a fixed amount for the round of clays. Raise $500 in pledges and you will receive a nice bonus gift from Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. Raise $750 or more and you'll be entered into a drawing for a new shotgun! The top 2 pledge earners will be awarded special gifts as well!

All donors pledging $50 or more will receive Gun-a-Week Tickets as our way of saying Thank You!

This event is open to one and all. Prizes and awards will be given to the top fundraisers.

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May
21
to May 23

National R3 Symposium

  • Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The National R3 Symposium is the first nation-wide event solely focused on resources and partnerships needed to secure the future of hunting, angling, target shooting, and boating. This meeting is the premier venue for the outdoor community to advance the field of outdoor recreation recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) in the United States. The National R3 Symposium will provide an unparalleled opportunity for agencies, industries and NGO’s to share, learn and develop the limitless opportunities our community has to accelerate the current state of R3 effort and impact.

Join us at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel from May 21 – 23, 2018 and help us chart the path forward for the collective benefit of wildlife conservation and the American outdoor heritage.

 

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Antlerless Deer Hunt
Jan
6
to Jan 7

Antlerless Deer Hunt

  • 14748 SE Stony Creek Rd Latham, KS, 67072 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will have several opportunities for youth to participate in the antlerless deer season the weekend of January 6-7.

Youth must have hunter education and must bring a signed liability waiver.

If interested in participating in this hunt, please contact Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

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First Day Hikes
Jan
1
8:00 AM08:00

First Day Hikes

The guided First Day Hike is part of a program sponsored by America’s State Parks. The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on New Year’s Day at your State Park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome New Year with friends and family. There are hundreds of scheduled First Day Hikes across the United States. More information about the First Day Hike program and other hikes around the United States visit, http://naspd.org.

To find KS State Parks that are participating in First Day Hikes, check out this link:

http://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Special-Events/First-Day-Hikes

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Dec
9
7:00 AM07:00

20th Annual Youth & Women's Pheasant Hunt

  • Glen Elder Dam Rd Glen Elder, KS, 67446 United States (map)
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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and sponsoring partners will be holding their 2017 Youth and Women’s Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake on Saturday, December 9th.  The event will begin in the morning at 7:15 am with a hunter breakfast to be held in the Hopewell Church basement at Glen Elder State Park.  Breakfast will be followed by a pre-hunt safety talk and participants will be divided into hunting groups.  The hunters, guides, and mentors will then head out to various refuge areas (where only a very limited amount of hunting is allowed) around Glen Elder Reservoir and hunt for the remainder of the morning and early afternoon.  A noon meal will be provided for all participants by the Waconda Lake Association.

Women of any age and youth ages 11 – 16 are eligible and encouraged to apply for this hunt.  This hunt is geared toward providing a comfortable and positive hunting environment for new or inexperienced hunters. Previous hunting experience is not required, and some shotguns and ammunition can be provided to applicants who do not have access to their own equipment.  Applications should be made by contacting the Glen Elder Area Office at 785-545-3345 (8:00 – 4:30 weekdays) starting November 16th and ending Friday, December 1, 2017. Up to 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the hunt. 

Participants will be divided into different groups based on their hunting experience and skill levels.  The most inexperienced hunters will start their activities with some basic field safety exercises and trap shooting, and progress towards live hunting later in the day.  The participants that have some prior pheasant hunting experience will spend more of their time in the field pursuing wild roosters through typical thick, birdy cover.

A unique aspect of this event is that participants will get to interact with and hunt alongside a few Hero-Celebrities that have been invited to serve as hunting mentors for their group.  These individuals may be former athletes, TV personalities, or military personnel that have recently returned from deployment.

As part of the day’s events, there will be trap shooting stations set up for the young (and older) hunters to work on refining their shooting skills.  From 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm the trap shooting will also be open to the general public.  The trap shooting area will be located immediately west of the KDWPT Glen Elder Area Office.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring novice shooters with them.

All participants will receive a commemorative item from the event, and each of the hunters will also receive some additional outdoor gear prizes provided by sponsors.

To conclude the day, a hunter’s banquet is planned for Saturday night.  The banquet will include a meal, recognition of Sponsors and Partners for the event, and more opportunities for the hunters and mentors to interact with the Hero-Celebrities.  All event participants are invited to attend and will be asked to RSVP for the banquet when they sign up for the hunt.

Extra volunteers will be needed for the event to serve as hunting and instructional mentors.  For further questions concerning the event or if you would like to be involved, please contact Chris Lecuyer at the KDWPT Glen Elder Area Office 785-545-3345.

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Nov
16
to Nov 19

Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic

The Governor's Ringneck Classic has, for the last several years, invited 2 youths from the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program to participate in the hunt. This year we have young Angel, a 15 year old who has been matched with his Big Brother/Outdoor Mentor Nick for the last 4+ years and Gage, a 13 year old who has been on the waiting list for longer than that.

Both boys have harvested a doe on our deer hunts and have been on a First Hunt Pheasant Hunt with us and they are rearing to go for their first real pheasant hunt.

Many thanks to the great folks at the Ringneck Classic for making this possible for these two young men!

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Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Shooting Sports Clinic - Council Grove

Area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun and archery shooting and safety clinic on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Council Grove Lake. This special one-day event will provide participants with an opportunity to enhance firearm and archery shooting and safety skills. Controlled live-fire instruction will teach safe, responsible, and fun shooting techniques. Sponsors include the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), the Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF), the Chisholm Trail Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), the Bill Young Foundation, and Morris County Hunter Education instructors.

Shooting skills will be taught by certified firearm, archery, and hunter education instructors. All gear and supplies, including shotguns, shells, bows, arrows, targets, and eye and ear protection will be provided by KDWPT’s “Pass It On,” Hunter Education, and Archery in the Schools programs. Participants need only a desire to learn some valuable and safe techniques and have fun. Teaching methods almost guarantee that students will be breaking clay targets by the end of the session.

Door prizes will be awarded, including a youth model 20-gauge pump action shotgun and a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, donated by SCI.

Anyone, age 11 through 16 may attend. Participants are required to pre-register before Oct. 20 by calling Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager, at (620) 767-5900. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, but prior completion is preferred. The event will begin at 12 p.m. at the COE area between Marina Cove and Neosho Park, approximately 0.25 miles west of the COE office at the west end of the dam. Students should arrive for check-in and a free lunch provided by QUWF between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Instruction will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m.

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Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

First Hunt - Kapaun Mt Carmel High School Trap Team

his event is an introductory/training hunt for the members of the Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School Trap Team who have completed their Hunter Ed class. We will have shotgun instruction and controlled hunts for pheasants with experienced guides and hunting dogs. The event is designed to get novice hunters ready for the upcoming upland bird season.

This event is being hosted by local sportsmens organiztions and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Address: Michael Murphy & Sons, 6400 SW Hunter Road, Augusta, KS

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate.

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Oct
15
1:00 PM13:00

First Hunt - Andover High School Trap Team

his event is an introductory/training hunt for the members of the Andover High School Trap Team who have completed their Hunter Ed class. We will have shotgun instruction and controlled hunts for pheasants with experienced guides and hunting dogs. The event is designed to get novice hunters ready for the upcoming upland bird season.

This event is being hosted by local sportsmens organiztions and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Address: Michael Murphy & Sons, 6400 SW Hunter Road, Augusta, KS

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Youth Waterfowl Education Day 2017

  • 12358 Nw Tawakoni Rd Augusta Ks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a free to attend event that will provide basic education on waterfowl hunting. There will be several stations that kids can participate in that will teach them skills they can take to the field. This is a free event, but we do ask that you RSVP, as we only have room for 50 participants and their family/mentor. This event will be a prerequisite for our big First Hunt Event the following weekend. So please join us on Oct. 14 at 10 am. To RSVP please email secondsplitdeltawaterfowl@gmail.com or come see us at Cabela's Aug 19th and 20th. Drinks and Lunch will be provided as well.

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Oct
14
8:00 AM08:00

First Hunt - Wellington, KS

This event is an introductory/training hunt for novice hunters who have completed their Hunter Ed class. We will have shotgun instruction and controlled hunts for pheasants with experienced guides and hunting dogs. The event is designed to get novice hunters ready for the upcoming upland bird season.

This event is being hosted by the Slate Creek Gobblers chapter of NWTF and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Address: TBD

Time: From: 8:00am - noon

Contact: Rick Ware at 316-655-6765 or via email at rwarern@hotmail.com

Registration: You can register by calling or emailing to the address above.All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate. This event is for first-time pheasant hunters.

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Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Kansas Zombie Hunters - Fundraiser

Kansas Zombie Hunters will be sharing a portion of the proceeds from their event on Friday the 13th with Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors to help us get more kids outdoors hunting & fishing!

Click here to get your tickets!

7727 NE 36th St, Newton, KS
About 10 min. NE of Newton (Across the road from Down in the Hollar Corn Maize, Pumpkin Patch, and Haunt)

When:  

Zombie Hunts: 6:30 PM-12:00 AM (last trailer heads out at 11:30 PM) Fridays and Saturdays starting Sept. 29th – Oct. 28th
Daytime Paintball: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays

How:  

Participating hunters sit together in the bed of a trailer with paintball guns mounted on swivels to assure no hunters are shot, JUST Zombies!!

Must Fill Out Waiver! Click Here

Cost:

 

>>>Admission to the park will be $5 per carload when you arrive.<<<

 

Nighttime Zombie Hunt

Must Purchase Tickets For Zombie Hunt

100 rounds w/ 30 min ride*………$20.00

Additional 100 rounds*…………$8.00 ea.

Additional 200 rounds*……….. $12.00 (SAVE $4)

Purchase extra 100 rounds on trailer*……..$10.00

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Oct
8
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Deer Hunt, Wichita

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is working with several generous landowners youth deer hunters on October 7th and 8th to hunt deer during the antlerless deer season

These hunts are open to all matches that have a hunter education certificate. Youth who are 16 will also need a KS hunting license. All youth will need a youth deer tag.

We will hunt the evening of the 7th & 8th. We will meet at the BBBS office (2nd & Broadway) at noon on each day and travel to the hunting site. Blinds and guides will be provided for each hunter.

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate. This event is for first-time deer hunters.

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Deer Hunt, Wichita

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is working with several generous landowners youth deer hunters on October 7th and 8th to hunt deer during the antlerless deer season

These hunts are open to all matches that have a hunter education certificate. Youth who are 16 will also need a KS hunting license. All youth will need a youth deer tag.

We will hunt the evening of the 7th & 8th. We will meet at the BBBS office (2nd & Broadway) at noon on each day and travel to the hunting site. Blinds and guides will be provided for each hunter.

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate. This event is for first-time deer hunters.

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Sep
30
8:00 AM08:00

First Hunt - Little River HS Trap Team

This event is an introductory/training hunt for the members of the Little River High School Trap Team who have completed their Hunter Ed class. We will have shotgun instruction and controlled hunts for pheasants with experienced guides and hunting dogs. The event is designed to get novice hunters ready for the upcoming upland bird season.

Address: McPherson Valley Uplands, 732 Limestone Rd, McPherson, KS 67460

This event is being hosted by local sportsmens organiztions and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883

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