Labor Day weekend event for youth and novice hunters
ST. MARYS — The Westar Energy Green Team will host a dove hunt for youth and novice hunters at Jeffrey Energy Center, north of St. Marys, on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6. Hunts will be held on cut sunflower or wheat stubble, guided by volunteers in the early morning or late afternoon. Shells, decoys, and drinks will be provided.

These hunts are a great way for youngsters to learn dove hunting basics with plenty of birds flying at close range. Participants must bring their own shotguns and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 or older. Hunters 16 and older must have a valid hunting license, a HIP stamp, and hunter education certification. Anyone 16 or older may purchase a one-time deferral of hunter education, called an "apprentice hunting license," for the same price as a regular hunting license. This license is valid only through the calendar year in which it is purchased, and the holder must hunt under direct supervision of a licensed adult 18 or older. Anyone younger than 16 may hunt without hunter education certification if they are under direct supervision of an adult 18 or older.

Interested hunters or mentors should contact Brad Loveless at Westar Energy, 785-575-8115. Hunters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunts will be scheduled as requests dictate and hunting groups can be formed. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 27.