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Register by March 25 for Westar novice turkey hunts

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- From April 1 through 17, the Westar Energy Green Team will guide youth who have never harvested a turkey at its Jeffrey Energy Center northwest of Topeka.

Assisted by experienced volunteer guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters 12 to 17 years old will hunt accompanied by an adult mentor in prime fields closed to the public until the youth hunters are through. An adult mentor is 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.  No camouflage is needed because they will hunt from enclosed blinds.

Registration is open through March 25 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 participants. For more information or to apply, contact Barb Cornelius at (785)575-8125.

Youth must provide his or her own turkey permit for Unit 2 and, if they are 16 or older, they 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.