Al Ward

Al Ward: Several big outdoors events worth note

One of the big events coming up is Ducks Unlimited 50th annual banquet and auction.

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Al Ward: Father’s Day fishing trips a great way to spend holiday

Jim Schmelzle and his son, Randy, have fished together many Father’s Day holidays. It’s a tradition.

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Al Ward: New Year’s Day hunt worthwhile tradition

For years, Bob Bryant and I have hunted New Year’s Day in Osage and Coffee counties.

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Al Ward: Deer season yields many rewards

Onis, David and Tyler Lemon went on their annual deer hunt in Decatur County on the Jerry Talley farm. With the help... Read more

Al Ward: Despite missing North Dakota trip, pheasant hunt at Cokeley Farms a success

Our annual pheasant hunt at Sleepy Hollow Farm in South Dakota had to be canceled this year. Our son, Dennis, passed away... Read more

Hunters experience productive outings over weekend

Bill Shoemaker has been hunting for pheasant in Norton County for many years. Unfortunately, he’s not had a very good start to... Read more

Al Ward: Local anglers find success at places near and far

I have taken many photos over the years of my hunting and fishing outings, and enjoy visiting with Martha Acosta of Walgreens... Read more

Al Ward: Topekans find Manitoba hunt more than bearable

A group of Topeka hunters made a trip to Manitoba, Canada, to pursue the brown bear. Eric Becker, Paul Spurgeon and Steve... Read more

Al Ward: 8-year-old's first blue cat adventure a big success

Sam Schmelzle, 8, has fished with Grandpa Jim Schmelzle on farm ponds around Valley Falls, but this was Sam’s first time fishing... Read more

Al Ward: Frog hunting keeps old friends hopping

I occasionally enjoy frog hunting. Kevin Smith owns a farm in Osage County and has some nice ponds that hold frogs and... Read more

Al Ward: Alaska fishing trip produces plenty of good memories, nice fish for local pair

It’s a long journey from Topeka to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Bob Reed and Onis Lemon have been planning an Alaskan fishing trip for... Read more

Al Ward: Fishing success stories abound, except for one

The past two weeks have been really hot, but some hardy souls have been out on our lakes and streams fishing. Some... Read more

Al Ward: Avery's first turkey hunt as big a hit as softball tourney

One of my hunting buddies, Dr. Brad Rupp, and I were talking about turkey hunting — we talk often about turkey hunting... Read more

Al Ward: Little girl bags big turkey

Habitat along the Delaware River is plentiful in the many marshes. In the wet years, migratory birds use this area to rest... Read more

Al Ward: Windy chukar hunt proves fun, fruitful

Kaw Valley Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation recently held its annual banquet and auction, and Muddy Creek Gamebirds donated a four-man hunt... Read more

Al Ward: National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic great fun for outdoors lovers

Last weekend I gave my wife a break and took our grandson Reno, who lives with us, to Kansas City to the... Read more

Al Ward: Future events should keep hunters in the game

It’s time to think about turkey hunting.  

The Shawnee County Hunter Education Association will offer its spring class on four nights next... Read more

Al Ward: Battle over banded bird in the cards

I was hoping I would get a call from one of the Shivelys inviting me to go goose hunting this winter. When... Read more

Al Ward: First hunt of 2016 produces good yield

Onis Lemon and I were sitting with Gary Yager at the Ducks Unlimited Auction and Banquet last fall when a quail, chukar... Read more

Al Ward: Deer hunt worth wait for locals

Deer hunting around the area has been good this year. Spencer Baum of Holton was deer hunting near Larkinburg with his father,... Read more

Al Ward: Big buck worth the wait

The weather has not been great for the bow hunters, but they are a hardy bunch.

Steve Massey, whom I have known since... Read more

Al Ward: Trophy bucks are out there, as local hunter can attest

Kansas has some great hunting for both whitetail and mule deer.

I talked with Lloyd Fox, deer biologist for KDWPT, at the commission... Read more

Al Ward: South Dakota pheasant hunt yields good results

The 2015 season has arrived and having hunted around Harrold, S.D. for the past 14 years, Bernie Trompeter and I know where... Read more

Fall hunting fun begins with dove season

I have looked forward to the fall hunting season, and the opening of the Kansas dove season started Sept. 1.

I met Onis... Read more

Al Ward: Potential rate hike worth services KDWPT provides

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has been working toward raising the fees for licenses in 2016. This topic has... Read more

Al Ward: Routine bank visit turns into fishing trip

On my daily trip to the bank for my store change, one of my hunting buddies, Steve Damron, and I were talking... Read more

Al Ward: Family excursion not hindered by lack of catch

After a recent hot day at work, I thought I needed a little relaxation. I invited my grandson, Tyler, and his wife,... Read more

Al Ward: Oppressive heat limiting summer fishing fun

For the fishermen and women out there trying their luck this summer, a little cooler weather sure would add to the fishing... Read more

Al Ward: Fly fishing trip quite a catch

Turning 60 can be a big deal and Mike Conlin thought he should celebrate in a big way.

Mike has set a tradition... Read more

Al Ward: Fun and fishing with my grandson

I have wanted to take my grandson Reno fishing for some time, but with all the rain, it has been hard to... Read more

Al Ward: Heavy snow can't stop successful gobbler hunt

When you go to northwestern Nebraska, you never know what the weather will bring.

Gib Rhodes of Madison, Dale Berry of New... Read more

Turkey hunt with old friends tons of fun

I look forward every turkey season to a hunt with two longtime hunting buddies, Tommy Thompson and Rocky Dreimar from Monroe City,... Read more

Al Ward: Tough Turkey hunt in Nebraska yields solid returns

My annual turkey hunt to northwestern Nebraska finally arrived. Dr. Brad Rupp and I left last Thursday to hunt the Rio Grande... Read more

Al Ward: Spring season brings several new stories

Spring is a great time to be out in the woods or on the water. Here are a few stories and observations... Read more

Al Ward: Youth turkey season gives grandson thrill

My grandson, Reno, missed his turkey last spring so he has been asking me for months when the season starts this year.... Read more

Al Ward: Stay patient when training bird dogs

Spring is a good time to purchase a new puppy to start its training for next fall. You need to look at... Read more

Al Ward: Area youth deserve recognition for recent hunting success

A pair of area girls are to be congratulated on their recent deer hunting success, and their parents and grandparents deserve recognition... Read more

Al Ward: Rodent trapping provides unique experience

Longtime customer Ray Schroeder called and invited me to go along on a trapping trip for beaver and muskrat.

I met Ray and... Read more

Al Ward: Warm temperatures make year's first hunt challenging

I planned to go goose hunting Saturday morning with the Shivelys, of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters. The wind came up, so they postponed... Read more

Al Ward: 2014 full of good seasons

All the 2014 seasons are over, and I had a great time in the field as well as on the water.

I hunted... Read more

Al Ward: Hunt good fun and for a good cause

I was contacted by Patty Dick of the Topeka Arthritis Foundation about donating a hunt to be auctioned at their annual fundraising... Read more

Al Ward: Locals bag bucks during productive deer hunt

The 2014 Kansas deer season has started. I contacted some hunters to see how their luck was panning out.

Kody Wohletz, 14, started... Read more

Al Ward: Hunters of all sorts pleased to see open seasons

The 2014 quail and pheasant season was fast approaching, so to get ready, Onis Lemon and I went to Cokeley Farm and... Read more

Al Ward: A weekend of kids and dogs in the great outdoors

The Kansas wind took some of the fun out of the Hunter Safety Youth Hunt at Cokeley’s Farms Hunting Preserves last Saturday.

For... Read more

Al Ward: Pheasant season kicks off in South Dakota

The 2014 South Dakota pheasant season has arrived. Bernie Trompeter and I have hunted together in S.D. for the last fifteen years.... Read more

Al Ward: Bucket list quest leads to Minnesota bear hunt

I have a bucket list I have been working on, and one thing I wanted to do was shoot a bear.

Two... Read more

Al Ward: Fall fishing season could be quite a catch

The fall hunting season starts Monday with dove season. In checking with area hunters, it looks like it could be a very... Read more

Al Ward: Guide service in South Dakota well worth investment

I was invited to go walleye fishing in South Dakota with Onis Lemon and Bob Reed, but I had too much on... Read more

Al Ward: Devils Lake can provide heavenly fishing experience

Devils Lake is one of the jewels of walleye and northern pike fishing in North Dakota. It’s located about 80 miles west... Read more

Al Ward: Fishing trips worthwhile no matter the catch

Harlan White and I headed out to catch crappie on Melvern Lake on a hot afternoon. We motored to brush piles along... Read more

Al Ward: Not many fish, but a good time

My wife, Sandra, and I needed to get away for a short trip from business and grandkids, so we went to The... Read more

Al Ward: Outdoors trips can be fun even if not productive

Washburn baseball coach Steve Anson and I went turkey hunting the last week of the season.

It had been many years since... Read more

Al Ward: Elusive Rio Grande turkey well worth wait

My friend Dr. Brad Rupp needs a Rio Grande turkey complete his grand slam this spring. I also want one so I... Read more

Al Ward: Dual turkey hunt produces mixed results

For the last several years, I have been determined to kill both a Rio Grande and Merriam turkey on the same trip.

I... Read more

Al Ward: Patience pays off in Iowa turkey hunt

Our friends, Dan and Mary Ann Wade, go mushroom hunting around Missouri Valley, Iowa, each spring with Larry Myers. Larry and his... Read more

Al Ward: Hunting trip with grandson worth while

The youth turkey season was about to open, and I got a call from a fellow hunter telling me there were about... Read more

Al Ward: Spring break in the great outdoors

Our grandson, Reno, was on spring break last week, and Ron and Sandy Price were having their annual St Patrick’s Day party... Read more

Al Ward: Habitat conventions entertaining, educational

Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (PF/QF) had their fourth annual habitat convention in Wichita last weekend at the Great Plains Nature... Read more

Al Ward: Canada geese get well worth braving elements

Why would a grown man get up at 4:30 a.m. to meet other men and lie in a snow bank in 10-degree... Read more

Al Ward: Cokeley Farms a Kansas gem for quail, chukar hunting

After our hunt at Cokeley Farms Hunting Preserves with Bob Reed, Onis Lemon and I decided we needed to take more hunts... Read more

Al Ward: Geese gold mine rewards journey into bitter cold

I was up at 4 a.m. on Jan. 4 to go goose hunting with Jay and Jim Shively of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters... Read more

Al Ward: Holiday season a perfect time to enjoy great outdoors

The holiday season is a great time to take a young hunter or fisherman out and work with them on becoming someone... Read more

Al Ward: Opening of deer season special time

In northeastern Kansas, the opening of deer season last Wednesday was cold, windy and foggy with a light mist.

Steve Damron had gotten... Read more

Al Ward: Pat finds redemption in hunting quail

I was able to open the 2013 quail season with four friends at Pat Gideon’s farm north of Dover.

When I pulled into... Read more

Ward: Cokeley Farms hosts first hunting experience

Sandra and I were out to dinner with our grandson, Tyler, and his fiancée, Haley Zander, and I asked the kids if... Read more

Al Ward: Crappie fishing at night a real treat

Ron Price had mentioned he wanted to hire a fishing guide to better understand the when and how to catch more fish... Read more

Ward: Daughter of hunting friends in need of medical help

My article today is about Isabella Hope Larson, a 1-year-old child in medical trouble in South Dakota.

My Topeka hunters have been pheasant... Read more

Ward: Dove hunt introduces sport to youngsters

Recently graduated hunter safety students were invited to hunt dove Sept. 1 at the Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWP&T)... Read more

Al Ward: Not muck luck fishing at Ozarks

I spent a weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks trying to catch either catfish or blue cats with very little success.

Dan... Read more

Al Ward: Get that bird dog ready for fall

Fall will soon be here with dove, teal and early prairie chicken seasons. Don’t forget about black powder and bow season for... Read more

Al Ward: Outdoor time is family time

I like hearing about families enjoying fishing or the outdoors together.

Two of my employees at Taco Casa love to fish and so... Read more

Al Ward: The crew floats down the White River in Ark.

My grandson, Tyler Abernathy and his fiancée, Haley Zander were invited to spend a few days with her family for a visit... Read more

Al Ward: Turkeys abound in the great outdoors

Lindsay Stead took his 8 year old grandson, Ty Stead, turkey hunting in Osage County. They were up before 5 a.m. and... Read more

Al Ward: Turkey hunt in Hays, NW Nebraska a success

Dr. Brad Rupp and I had a great weekend of turkey hunting. We headed to Hays in the late afternoon and got... Read more

Al Ward: Turkey hunting with grandson unsuccessful

Sunday afternoon, my grandson Reno Groggins and I went to our farm to hunt turkeys.

Before we left Topeka, we had to stop... Read more

Al Ward: A hunting lesson learned

Last Friday my young turkey hunters and guides met at the Red Rock Ranch east of Soldier. Owners Bill and Debra do... Read more

Al Ward: Gobblers' turkey clinic was a blast

The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held their 12th annual free spring turkey clinic at Camp Alexander,... Read more

Al Ward: Older fishermen no longer exempt from fishing license

Beginning Jan. 1, resident hunters and anglers ages 65-74 are no longer exempt and now need a license to hunt and fish.

There... Read more

Al Ward: Good dogs, good birds, good time with friends

I saw Jere Noe at a Washburn basketball game and he told me he had not been out hunting all season.

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Al Ward: What a great weekend of hunting

If you want a great goose hunt, contact the Shivelys. Jim, Brian and Jay do a super job of finding where the... Read more

Al Ward: Last turkey hunt not too productive

The upland game season will close Jan. 31 for quail, pheasant and turkey.

This past week I got out two afternoons and tried... Read more

Al Ward: Shoot some game? Here's how you cook it

After looking in my freezer this week, I think maybe I should have a wild game dinner party. There’s quail, pheasant, duck,... Read more

Al Ward: Friends hunt birds, have good times

Onis Lemon and I went to Muddy Creek Game Birds near Meriden to hunt quail. Owner Andy Petesch put out 26 birds... Read more

Outdoors: Bird hunting numbers slim to none in state

The pheasant hunting opening weekend was very slow to non-existent.

Bill Shoemaker and his group of five hunters only got one pheasant. They... Read more

Outdoors: Thanks for the birthday hunt

When it’s Thanksgiving time, it must mean I have another birthday. I have celebrated Thanksgiving and my birthday with some sort of... Read more

Outdoors: Coco brings home the birds

Pat Gideon was in for lunch a while back and we were talking hunting and Quail Unlimited. Pat asked if I knew... Read more

Al Ward: Out-of-state hunt bountiful

I believe this was our 13th year of hunting pheasants in South Dakota. Bernie Trompeter, Greg Duffens and I are all that... Read more

Al Ward: Quail and pheasant season less than a month away

With the opening of quail and pheasant season in Kansas less than 30 days away, are you and your hunting companion ready?

I... Read more

Al Ward: Young dove hunters shoot straight in opener

For the opening morning of the Kansas dove season, the Shawnee County Hunter Education Association had secured a dove field along the... Read more

Al Ward: SEK duck season to open later

The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission set the fall duck and goose seasons at their commission meeting in Great Bend.

The seasons... Read more

Fishing brings out plenty of giggles from gals

What a week of fishing. First, a turkey hunting buddy from Madison, Mark Osmundson, has wanted to fish with Catdaddy for a... Read more

Al Ward: Jim and Doc have catfishing down to a science

I met Jim Runnels and Dr. Bob Hall early Saturday morning to go to Pomona Lake for a catfish lesson. We arrived... Read more

Al Ward: Hunting buddies capture World Slams

Two of my hunting buddies decided to try and kill all six North American turkeys in one spring season. Dale Berry, of... Read more

Al Ward: Fishing with kids rewarding

I told my grandson, Reno, I had a surprise for him the other evening. I had invited Gage Jennings, a schoolmate at... Read more

Al Ward: The great hunt for Merriam turkeys

One of my favorite places to hunt is the Pine Springs Ranch along the Nebraska, South Dakota border. There are hills, green... Read more

Al Ward: Calling all turkeys and crappie

The last two weeks I have been busy in the field and on the lake.

First, Harlan White and I fished Melvern Lake... Read more

Al Ward: A youth bags his turkey

Mike Christensen called to see if I would take a young man turkey hunting. Christensen is the state director for the Pass... Read more

Al Ward: Dakota gets his turkey

With the opening of the 2012 youth turkey season April 1, I invited Dakota Bush, 14, to go to the youth hunt... Read more

Al Ward: It's been a busy spring already

There has been a lot going on in late March and I see no letup in April.

I attended the Kansas Department of... Read more

Al Ward: Meeting an important one for outdoorsmen

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will meet March 22 at the Kansas History Center, 6425 S.W. 6th St.,... Read more

Al Ward: Tips for spring hunting season

It’s time to think about the upcoming spring hunting and habitat work that will soon be upon us.

With the mild winter weather,... Read more

Al Ward: Flying geese put on great show

Jay Shively of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters invited me to go on a goose hunt that I purchased at the Quail and Upland... Read more

Al Ward: Goose hunting or trapping - it was a fun day

Saturday and Sunday morning, I met Bob and Dirk Thomas in Harveyville for a Canada goose hunt with Dan Bell of Bell... Read more

Al Ward: Taking a youngster hunting rewarding

Jim Charity was in our restaurant and asked me if I would take his son, Cameron, 12, hunting.

I have known Jim a... Read more

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