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Young hunters register by March 23 for Council Grove spring turkey hunt

From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

-- In cooperation with Council Grove area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. KDWPT will conduct the 12th Annual Council Grove Spring Turkey Hunt April 7.

Young hunters aged 11 through 16 must register by March 23.

“We’ve designed this event to entice beginning turkey hunters into the woods in search of a spring gobbler,” says Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager. “It provides hunters age 11 through 16 an opportunity to hunt, but they learn a lot more than just how to shoot a turkey.”

Participants will pattern their shotguns and scout for turkeys the evening before the hunt. The morning of the hunt, they will be guided to area locations on public and private land where encounters with these magnificent game birds are likely. Program volunteers will arrange transportation to hunting sites and will be available to assist in the hunt.

The event includes door prizes, a turkey hunting presentation, and a hunter’s breakfast and lunch.

“Kansas turkey hunting prospects are good, and the excitement of the spring hunt can spark a passion for the outdoors that lasts a lifetime,” Konen said.

Lodging is available in nearby Council Grove, and camping is available at Council Grove Reservoir. For more information or to register before March 23, call Konen at (620) 767-5900.

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