11/19/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/19/2020 12:48
1922-Kansas State Fish and Game Department Promotes Its Resources
'THE HOME of the Kansas Fish and Game Department is at Pratt, Pratt county, where the state owns 187 acres of land on which there are ninety-seven ponds for rearing fish; also seven dwellings for the warden and his nine employees, an office and aquarium building, power house, barns, ice house, fish house, tools and equipment. The whole plant is in splendid physical condition, beautifully located, an institution of which Kansans may justly feel proud. Grounds and buildings are electric lighted. The institution could not be reproduced to-day for less than $300,000. A splendid aquarium containing all the native Kansas fish is maintained. Game birds may be seen in the rearing pens and a deer park is almost completed,' stated the pamphlet.
Visitors were encouraged to visit the fish hatchery and swim in the public swimming pool. Throughout the year, families picnicked and hundreds of automobiles visited the hatchery daily. 'The hatchery is two and a half miles east and one mile south of Pratt. It is one mile south of the 'Cannon Ball' highway.'
Landowners were encouraged to establish ponds and lakes for fishing. Referring to Mrs. Watkin's picture, the pamphlet stated, 'Here is visible proof of what can be done with fish in a made lake. The lake from which this fish was taken was made by damming an ordinary Kansas slough and stocking the impounded water with fish from the State Fish Hatchery. Thousands of fish are caught each year in this lake. It is also one of the best duck lakes in the state.'
HOW YOU MAY SECURE FISH, GAME, BIRDS AND EGGS
The Fish and Game Department emphasized in their brochure, 'There is no charge for anything supplied by this department. What it has and its services, are absolutely free to the people of Kansas. In sending out game birds for stocking, we expect the applicant to pay the express on the birds and to return the basket.'
The department encouraged anyone with 'living water' to obtain young fish for stocking purposes. Birds and eggs would be provided free to those who had suitable food and cover.
THE KANSAS FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT DOES NOT COST THE TAXPAYER
'The Kansas Fish and Game Department does not cost the taxpayer of this state one cent. It is supported entirely from the hunters' license fee of $1 annually. Not only does it not cost the taxpayer anything, but it paid into the general revenue fund of the state in the last fiscal year about $3,500, for under our law five per cent of the gross receipts of the department are diverted into the state treasury to pay for printing, legal advice and the department's share of the running expense of the state.'
The pamphlet encouraged every county to establish 'one or more good live sportsmen organizations whose first tenet should be the enforcement of the Kansas game laws and next, the dissemination of the principles of true conservation.'