Special hunt highlight of wetland opening
HILLSDALE RESERVOIR – The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a youth/mentor waterfowl hunt at Antioch and Gardner wetlands near Hillsdale Reservoir on Saturday, Nov. 21. A new 35-acre youth/mentor-only marsh adjacent to Antioch Wetland will be featured site. The Miami County Ducks Unlimited Chapter and Tribal Outdoors, an outdoor apparel and custom graphic design company in Overland Park, will assist with the event.

The event's goal is to inspire in youth a love of the hunt and the importance of conserving natural resources. The hunt is open to youngsters 11 through 16 years old (16-year-olds must have all licenses and permits). Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 or older who possesses a valid hunting or apprentice license, HIP stamp, and state and federal waterfowl stamps. Ducks, mergansers, geese, and coots can be taken under the bag limits established for the regular late-zone waterfowl season that will begin Oct. 31.

A mandatory pre-hunt orientation meeting will be held the night before the event to cover gun safety, regulations and ethics, and duck identification. After the hunt, harvested waterfowl will be processed, and a small lunch will be provided at the Hillsdale State Park Office.

Parents or guardians interested in registering for the hunt need to contact KDWP natural resource officer Vince Wonderlich at 913-757-4778. There are a limited number of hunting blind sites available for the event, so early registration is recommended.