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Kansas hunts designed for novice youth turkey hunters

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- Youth ages 12 to 17 who have never harvested a turkey will have an opportunity to do so April 1 to 18 at the Jeffrey Energy Center in prime fields closed to the public until after youth hunters are through. The Westar Energy Green Team will guide the youngsters, and will be assisted by experienced volunteer guides, hunting from stationary ground blinds. Adult mentors are required.

The Green Team is looking for both youth and mentors with little or no turkey hunting experience. The hunt is designed for those who have minimal access to turkey hunting areas, as well. They will hunt from enclosed blinds, so no camouflage is needed.

Young hunters must provide their own turkey permits for Unit 2 and, if they are 16 or older, have a valid Kansas hunting license. Youth are encouraged to bring a shotgun, but guns will be provided for those who don't have access to one. Everything else will be provided, including blinds, non-toxic shells, decoys and calls.

Turkey densities are high in this area, so chances for a close shot are excellent. Hunts will take place primarily in the morning and on weekends, but weekdays and afternoons are possible based on volunteer guide availability.

Registration will be open through Friday, March 26 or until all slots are filled. Applications for the limited number of slots will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference for inexperienced mentors. For more information or to apply, contact Brad Loveless at (785)575-8115 or email brad.loveless@westarenergy.com.

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