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On the lookout: Seventh annual dove hunt begins fall Sporting season

September 15, 2016 —      Despite shooting 15 dove the opening day of hunting season, Ollie Hunter left empty handed from the Fort Riley Seventh Annual Dove Hunt Sept. 2.      Before the hunt began, the major concern was the number of dove in the area.      “We’re hoping the recent cold temperatures have not sent the birds away,” he said about two weeks before the MORE
First Lt. Gage Thackston of the 631st Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, and his black labrador retriever Jade, wait in the brush during the Fort Riley Seventh Annual Dove Hunt Sept. 2. Staff of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Environmental Division Conservation Branch and volunteers of the Fort Riley Outdoorsman Group hosted the hunt. There are more FROG events coming later in the fall, for more information throughout hunting season, email frog@fortrileyoutdoorsmengroup.com.

Fort Riley volunteers hosting seventh annual dove hunt – Sept. 02

August 26, 2016 —      Staff of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Environmental Division Conservation Branch and the Fort Riley Outdoors­man Group are hosting the seventh annual dove hunt Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. Hunters should meet at the trap and skeet range.      “I enjoy the realization that fall hunting season is starting, which is a big MORE

Softball tournament heats up with friendly rivalries

July 20, 2016 —      The weather wasn’t the only thing heating up as 21 teams competed against one another during the Firecracker One Pitch Softball Tournament July 9 at Sacco Softball Complex.      Four games were played at the same time lasting 30 minutes each with teams of Soldiers and civilians rushing to be victorious.      Instead of the traditional MORE
Staff Sgt. Daniel Coelho, left, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, of the Master Gunners team runs to take first base as Spc. Travis Reeves, 299th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., of the Alcoballic team jumps into the air to catch the ball and tag Coelho out during the Firecracker One Pitch Softball Tournament July 9 at Sacco Softball Complex.

Soldiers, families of 18 teams overcome fatigue in Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation event

June 29, 2016 —      Soldiers and families gave up sleep and braved the heat and mosquitos, from 6 p.m. until 10 a.m. the next morning in hopes of winning the title of champion.      Staff of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the annual Midnight Madness Softball Tournament at the Sacco Softball Complex June 17, with 18 teams MORE
Second Lt. Alex Gaff, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gets ready for the pitch during the Midnight Madness Softball Tournament June 17.

Outdoor Recreation staff look to attract more families, keep things safe

June 17, 2016 —      Families of Fort Riley rock climbed and took turns at paintball at no cost thanks to staff of Outdoor Recreation. The outdoor adventure day took place June 11 at Outdoor Recreation facilities.      “It is an annual event, and this is our seventh year doing it,” said Travis Engle, recreation specialist. “We did it originally over at Forsyth, MORE
Tyson Habhab, son of Tara and Lt. Col. Travis Habhab, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, climbs up the rock wall during the Outdoor Adventure Day June 11 outside the Outdoor Recreation facility.

‘Best of best’ gather for Trap and Skeet Camp

June 15, 2016 —      Fort Riley teenagers talked ani­matedly as they gathered at the Trap and Skeet Range hut, discuss­ing their first time using a gun or shooting on a range. They were already part way through day two of the Advanced Trap and Skeet Camp, sponsored by the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group.      “These kids are the best of the best who have come from MORE
Kaylee Riley, daughter of Denra and Sgt. 1st Class Chris Riley, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, shoots skeet during the Advanced Youth Trap and Skeet Camp June 2.

Kansas State wins trap and skeet competition

May 20, 2016 —      The annual trap and skeet tournament between the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group and the Kansas State University Trapshooting team took place May 14 at the Fort Riley trap and skeet range. This year, K-State was able to take home the coveted trophy for the third time, winning 423–411.      “We lost last year by one target and the year before by a MORE
The Kansas State University Trapshooting team members take turns during the annual competition against the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group May 14. They took home the win this year.

Marina site for Fun in the Sun event

May 20, 2016 —      Burgers were cooking on the grill and music filled the air at the annual Fun in the Sun event at the Fort Riley Marina May 14.      “It’s a big family program,” said Travis Engle, recreation specialist with Outdoor Recreation, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “We’ve got big families coming out here. We’re get­ting MORE
Kids dig in the sand of the beach at the Fort Riley Marina during the Fun in the Sun event May 14. Families had the opportunity to go out on the pontoon, tour the lake and eat a free lunch during the annual event, as well as search for treasure on the beach.

Spring Fling Softball Tournament attracts diverse group for weekend competition

May 13, 2016 —      Staff Sgt. Rene Hernandez, from the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Riley, could find nothing wrong with his team’s performance at the Spring Fling Softball Tournament on May 7. The United Enforcers, came in first out a 14-team field of competitors.      “My team did very well,” Hernandez said. “Winning the tournament undefeated is always MORE
Staff Sgt. Rene Hernandez, Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Riley, hits during the Spring Fling Softball Tournament May 7 at Sacco Softball Complex. Hernandez’s team, the United Enforcers, won the tournament undefeated.

Fort Riley the place to be for fishing enthusiasts

May 13, 2016 —      Although Fort Riley’s primary mission is to be the premiere training cen­ter in the Midwest, it also provides an area where a variety of outdoor recre­ation activities can be pursued including fishing.      In March and April, staff of the Directorate of Public Works, Conserva­tion Division, Environmental Branch stocked many lakes and ponds on MORE
Staff of the Fort Riley Directorate of Public Works, Conservation Division, Environmental Branch, partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to participate in the urban fish stocking program offered in the state of Kansas. This includes rainbow trout and channel catfish.

Kids, families angle for fun at Moon Lake

May 4, 2016 —      Carter Cole, 6, son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Cole, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, grinned as he held up the sun perch he just removed from his fishing line. It was the second fish he caught at the Fort Riley Kids Fishing Day April 23 at Moon Lake.      Staff from the Directorate of MORE
Carter Cole, 6, son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Cole, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, grins as he holds up a sun perch he just removed from his fishing line for his mother. It was the second fish he had caught at the Fort Riley Kids Fishing Day April 23 at Moon Lake.

Feathers fly during youth turkey hunt

April 8, 2016 —      The 10th annual youth turkey hunt took place April 2 and 3 where kids in the area got up before the sun to get into the outdoors. There were nine participants ranging between ages 9 and 15 in the Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group sponsored turkey hunt. By the end of the weekend, the group left with seven turkeys, and two of the young hunters left MORE
Jonathan Dale, son of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Dale, 78th Military Police Detachment, listens as Gordon Allen provides instructions prior to shooting targets April 1 at the Fort Riley Skeet and Trap Range.

COMMUNITY CORNER – Warmer weather offers opportunities to see state’s outdoor vistas

March 29, 2016 —      Warmer weather is an invitation to get outside and explore the spaces and places Kansas has to offer. Take the family hiking, biking and touring through scenic by­ways, rolling prairies and na­ture trails to watch spring emerge.      Check out the nature show this spring as Kan­sas emerges from winter. Temperatures are pleasant for outdoor MORE

Fort Riley to receive Yamaha award

March 8, 2016 —      For the second time in two years, Fort Riley will be the only military installation in Kansas to receive an all-terrain vehicle trail grant from Yamaha. The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) will provide $10,400 for trail construction and signage at both entry gates of the Fort MORE

Flint Hills hiking trails

March 8, 2016 —      The Konza Prairie, located on Konza Prairie Lane just off McDowell Creek Road outside of Manhattan, has three hiking trails for visitors based on time and ability. The shortest of the trails, the Nature Trail, is two and a half miles and takes around two hours to walk. Kings Creek Loop is just under 4.5 miles and should take around 3.5 hours MORE
Konza Prairie Trails can be reached on Konza Prairie Lane just off McDowell Creek Road outside of Manhattan. Signs show the way for visitors.

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