Special Turkey Hunts are Success

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Two special spring turkey hunts — one for disabled hunters and one for women — were recently conducted in the Council Grove area. Although designed to entice beginning or novice hunters into the woods in search of a spring gobbler, these hunts were open to hunters of all experience levels, pairing hunters with experienced volunteers.

“We had excellent interest and support for these events again this year,” says Brent Konen, hunt coordinator and Council Grove Wildlife Area manager. “Without the support of area volunteers, organizations, and landowners, these events would not have been possible.

“Although the weather hampered participation and harvest success, I believe the events were still successful because we provided many with opportunities that they might not ordinarily have had. It was obvious that many will use the knowledge gained at this event to pursue hunting in the future.”

Five disabled hunters and six women were guided to area locations on private and public land. All participants saw turkeys and were given hands-on hunting instruction, hunting gear, and two meals. One participant was able to harvest a nice gobbler during the disabled sportsman event. This was an memorable experience for this turkey hunter and his wife because it was the first bird that they had ever taken.

Several of the disabled participants indicated that they would not have been able to spring turkey hunt had it not been for this event. All of the women participants felt they gained valuable experience and were enthusiastic about future hunts on their own.

Volunteers interested in helping with next year’s Council Grove hunts should contact Konen at (620) 767-5900.