Youth Turkey Hunt Available at Jeffrey Energy Center - Near Topeka

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April 1-17, the Westar Energy Green Team will guide youth who have never harvested a turkey at its Jeffrey Energy Center, about 45 minutes northwest of Topeka. Assisted by experienced volunteer guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters 12-17 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, as well. They will hunt from enclosed blinds, so no camouflage is needed.

The youth must provide their own turkey permits for Unit 2 and, if they are 16 or older, 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. Registration will be open through Friday, 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.


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What an outstanding opportunity for young hunters to be successful!  I love seeing hunts like this.  It can do nothing but help young hunters become more interested in our sport, and hopefully learn some valuable safety lessons at the same time.

We have a similar youth hunt in the State of Washington.  It's only two days long but is a week and a half before the regular season opens.  I have taken several young hunters out and it's wonderful to see them enjoy the out of doors.  Not all have taken a turkey but some have.  Just being out there in the early morning air, listening to some toms spouting off is enough to get these kids plenty excited.

This Kansas opportunity sounds fantastic.  I applaud those who spend the time and effort to make such programs successful.  I just wish I lived close enough to become a mentor.  I believe in giving back to the sport that has given so much to me over the years.