Program designed to expand hunting opportunities; most hunts geared toward youth
PRATT -- This spring, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a number of special turkey hunts on public and private lands, as well as state parks. These hunts will offer a more controlled environment with less crowding than might otherwise be found on most public lands. Participants will be chosen through a limited drawing. Although many hunts are geared toward youth, others allow hunters of any age or experience level.

KDWP is joining with the Kansas University Endowment Association and other private landowners to offer these special spring turkey hunts. Special hunts will be offered in 12 counties (Atchison, Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Douglas, Leavenworth, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, and Sumner), opening more than 5,000 acres for 95 special hunt opportunities. The special hunts range from youth-only and youth-mentor hunts to open hunts. The KU Endowment Association has signed up properties in four counties where seven youth-only hunts will be offered.

All special hunt opportunities will be available by online application and a random drawing. Those applicants who are drawn for a hunt will be notified by email with additional hunt information and their special hunt permit. The online application and hunt information is available on the KDWP website at www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Hunting/Special-Hunts, with an application deadline of Monday, March 16.

Access to lands enrolled in these special hunts will be limited to foot traffic only, unless posted otherwise. Each property will have special restrictions for dates allowed and type of hunt that will be listed on the application.

For more information on the program or applications, write Jake George, Private Lands Coordinator, KDWP, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124; phone 620-672-5911, ext. 160; or email jakeg@wp.state.ks.us.