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Weststar youth deer hunt applications due Nov. 4

From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- During the regular firearms season - Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 - and the extended antlerless whitetail season - Jan. 1 to 8 - Westar Energy's Green Team offers guided deer hunts for youth 12 years and older who have not harvested a deer.

Hunts are held at Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or mentor who doesn't have deer hunting experience. The hunt takes place from blinds in mornings or afternoons during the rifle season. Experienced Westar Energy employees serve as volunteer guides.

Applications for this hunt will be accepted through Nov. 4, with hunters notified by Nov. 7. To apply, contact Barb Cornelius at (785)575-8125.

Antlerless deer harvest is encouraged, and only antlerless deer 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 are encouraged to bring their own rifles, but rifles will be provided if needed.

A pre-hunt seminar covering safety, deer biology, and orientation to the area will be held Nov. 19. Rifles can be sighted in then, and guides will be available to answer questions.

Deer are abundant in this area, and success rates are always high. A permit valid in Unit 9 is required for every hunter, but a hunting license is only required for hunters 16 or older. Hunters 16 and older must also have completed a hunter education course.

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