Fifteen hunters ages 10 through 16 to be drawn; application deadline Sept. 12
ELLIS -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and the Hunting Heritage Group Inc.(HHG), will host a youth waterfowl hunt in October during the youth waterfowl season. The event will be held around Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area on both public and private land. Youth will be divided into groups, with each group accompanied by a guide.

In addition to the hunt, participants will participate in a variety of classes designed to teach them about waterfowl hunting, including waterfowl identification, calling techniques, and setting decoys.

Fifteen hunters will be selected to participate. Youth participants must be at least 11 years old and no older than 15. Candidates for the hunt must submit an application form by Sept. 12. Application forms may be obtained at the KDWP website or by phoning natural resource officer Jason Hawman at 785-743-2942. There is no charge for the hunt.

Special hunts like this one are part of the Kansas Hunter Recruitment and Retention Program called "PASS IT ON." This program addresses the need to recruit new hunters and retain existing hunters in order to ensure the future of hunting.