December and January hunts for youth who have never harvested a deer; application deadline Nov. 2
ST. MARYS — On Dec. 1-12 and Jan. 1-9, 2011, Westar Energy's Green Team will offer guided deer hunts at Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys. The hunts are for youth 12 years and older who have not harvested a deer. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or mentor who, ideally, doesn't have deer hunting experience. The hunt will take place from blinds in mornings or afternoons during the rifle season. Experienced volunteer guides will be provided.

Doe harvest is encouraged (and only does are legal during the January season), and youth will need a deer permit, but a hunter education certificate is not required if the youth is 15 or younger. Youth may bring their own rifles, but guides will supply deer rifles if needed.

A pre-hunt seminar covering safety, deer biology, and orientation to the area will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the power plant. Rifles can be sighted in then, and guides will be available to answer questions.

Success has been high in the past, so this hunt fills up quickly. Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are a limited number of slots. The deadline for registration is Nov. 2, and notifications will be made by Nov. 5. For more information or to apply, phone Brad Loveless at 785-575-8115 or email brad.loveless@westarenergy.com