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Kansas youth Westar hunt application deadline Nov. 2

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- On Dec. 1 to 12 and Jan. 1 to 9,  Westar Energy's Green Team is offering guided deer hunts at Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys for youth 12 years and older who have not harvested a deer.

Youth must be accompanied by a parent or mentor who, ideally, doesn't have deer hunting experience. The hunt will take place from blinds in mornings or afternoons during the rifle season. Experienced volunteer guides will be provided.

Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis for a limited number of slots. The deadline for registration is Nov. 2, and notifications will be made by Nov. 5.

Doe harvest is encouraged, and only does are legal during the January season. Youth will need a deer permit, but a hunter education certificate is not required if the youth is 15 or younger. Youth may bring their own rifles, but guides will supply deer rifles if needed.

A pre-hunt seminar covering safety, deer biology and orientation to the area will be held Nov. 20 at the power plant. Rifles can be sighted in then, and guides will be available to answer questions.

Success has been high in the past, so the hunt fills up quickly. For more information or to apply, phone Brad Loveless at (785)575-8115 or send e-mail to brad.loveless@westarenergy.com.

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