Deer management seminar Thursday

Deer hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and land managers are invited to attend a Deer Management Seminar at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Grandstands Meeting Room on the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City.

The program will be presented by Charles Lee, Kansas State University wildlife specialist. Topics to be covered include: biology and nutrition for both white-tailed deer and mule deer; aging white-tailed deer on the hoof and tooth wear; habitat evaluation; surveys or herd monitoring; and harvest management.

A minimal registration fee will be charged to pay for the evening meal. To pre-register, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 by Tuesday to ensure that enough meals will be available.

Lifeguard certification course offered

The Garden City Family YMCA will be hosting an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course for those interested. All entries must be at least 15 years of age, be able to swim at least 300 yards continuously, and be able to retrieve a 10-pound brick from the depth of 10 feet and swim back with it 20 yards.

Class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24.

The cost of the class will include the certification, book and CPR mask. Participants are required to bring their supplies and swimsuit on all days.

For more information, call Monica Colborn at 275-1199.

Hunting season for rare bird opens

TOPEKA (AP) Hunting season opens this weekend in Kansas for a rare game bird that's being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Kansas is the only state remaining where hunters can legally kill lesser prairie chickens, which have been facing declining populations.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism limits the number of birds hunters can take and says hunting doesn't impact the lesser prairie chicken's population. The hunting season is today to Jan. 31 in northwest and eastern Kansas and until Dec. 31 in southwest Kansas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide by March 2014 if the bird will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

This year's survey found about 18,000 lesser prairie chickens in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.