Young essayist can win guided hunt and new shotgun; essay deadline March 15

The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has invited young hunters to write a story and win a guided spring turkey hunt and a new turkey shotgun. This is the fifth year of this contest, and past winners have all harvested a gobbler. The contest is co-sponsored by the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter, the Lyon County Hunter Education Program, and Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply of Emporia. Youth 16 years and younger from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Woodson counties are eligible to participate.
In 500 words or less, the author should describe their most memorable hunting experience and why the experience means so much to them. Participants must have completed a certified hunter education course, be available to hunt during the 2007 spring turkey season, and, if chosen, purchase a Kansas spring turkey hunting permit.

The lucky winner will receive a two-day guided spring turkey hunt during the 2007 spring turkey hunting season. The winner also will receive a turkey hunting vest and other turkey hunting items donated by Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply of Emporia.
To enter, participants must submit an essay, including name, age, address, and phone number to Gib Rhodes, 1643 360th St., Madison, KS 66860, or Shelley Sparks, 1789 Road B5, Emporia, KS 66801, by March 15. The winner of the contest will be notified by March 26.
Lodging will be provided if the winner is not from Emporia or the surrounding area. A parent or guardian is encouraged to accompany the youth on this hunt. For more information regarding the essay contest or hunt, contact Rhodes at 620-437-2012.