Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine, a bi-monthly publication of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) that has been in print for more than 70 years, recently gained national recognition for its special anniversary deer issue published in November 2015. Staff of the 48-page, full-color magazine made a bold decision to focus the entire content of the November/December issue on Kansas’ 50 years of deer hunting, bringing in more than 20 contributing writers and photographers to commemorate the golden anniversary, and it paid off. On July 14, managing editor, Nadia Reimer, accepted a first place award in the category of One Time Publications from the Association of Conservation Information, Inc. (ACI) in Stateline, Nevada on behalf of the magazine.
“The overwhelming reader response for the issue was gratifying, but to be recognized by ACI, a national organization representing agencies in 42 states, was truly humbling,” said executive editor, Mike Miller. “Each issue of Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine is produced in-house by a small staff, so we rely on input from department employees in all divisions. The November/December 2015 issue is the epitome of that collaborative effort.”
Special KDWPT guest writers for the anniversary issue included early big game program leaders and retired wildlife biologists, Lee Queal and Bill Peabody; assistant secretary, Keith Sexson; big game project leader, Lloyd Fox; district wildlife biologists, Steven Adams, Tyler Warner, Justin Harbit, and Charlie Swank; wildlife research biologist, Matt Peek; wildlife disease coordinator, Shane Hesting; Public Lands managers, Alex Lyon, Kent Hensley, and Rob Riggin; and Law Enforcement director, Kevin Jones; as well as, Sterling College faculty member, Dr. Jonathan Conard.
Individual copies of the award-winning issue can be purchased for $2.75 by calling Annie Campbell-Fischer in circulation at (620) 672-0756 or the KDWPT Pratt Operations Office at (620) 672-5911.
For more information on Kansas Wildlife & Parks magazine, and to become a subscriber, visit ksoutdoors.com/Services/Publications/Magazine.