From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
-- Young hunters ages 11 through 16 should register by March 18 for the 11th annual spring youth turkey hunt.
The April 2 hunt is sponsored by the Department of Wildlife and Parks in cooperation with area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is part of the Pass It On program designed to recruit young hunters.
The youth hunt begins April 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Council Grove Reservoir. A brief informational meeting and a meet-and-greet session for all volunteers and participants will be followed by a complimentary meal.
After the meal, participants may pattern shotguns, then accompany guides to hunt locations to scout for the following morning's hunt.
At 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, the group will meet for breakfast, and the hunts will conclude at 11:30 a.m., when participants will enjoy a free lunch.
"Kansas turkey hunting prospects are excellent," says Council Grove Wildlife Area manager Brent Konen, event organizer. "The excitement of the spring hunt can spark a passion for the outdoors many young Kansans have never experienced."
Lodging is available in nearby Council Grove, and camping is available at Council Grove Reservoir. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Brent Konen at (620)767-5900.