Hunter Education Youth Essay Contest

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Young hunters who like to write have the opportunity to engage in one of their favorite indoor activities and win a trip for their favorite outdoor one. The annual Hunter Education Youth Essay Contest is being held in March, and all youngsters are encouraged to write a story, with the chance to win a guided youth turkey hunt with Jared McJunkin. McJunkin is a hunter education instructor and has guided in the Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt held each spring near El Dorado. He is known locally for his passion to introduce fellow hunters to the sport he so dearly loves.

This contest is sponsored by the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply. It is open to youth 16 years and younger from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Osage, and Woodson counties. The lucky winner will receive a two-day guided spring turkey hunt during the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ youth turkey hunting weekend, April 4- 6.

Participants must have completed a hunter education course, be available to hunt during the youth weekend, and, if chosen, must purchase a Kansas turkey hunting permit. The winner will also receive a special turkey hunting vest donated by Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply, Emporia.

The topic of the essay is "What hunting means to me." In 500 words or less, the essay should address why the young hunter feels hunting is an enjoyable and necessary activity.

Submit essays, including name, address and phone number, to Jared McJunkin, 91 Cherokee Lane, Emporia, KS 66801 by March 22. The winner of the contest will be notified by March 30.

Lodging will be provided if the winner is not from Emporia or the immediate area. A parent or guardian is encouraged to accompany the youth on this hunt. For more information regarding the essay contest or hunt, contact McJunkin at (620) 340-3219.