March 1, 2012
Young hunters ages 11 through 16 invited; registration deadline March 23
COUNCIL GROVE — Many young Kansans have not yet experienced the thrill of a Kansas spring turkey hunt. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) — in cooperation with Council Grove area chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — hopes to change that. On April 7, the organizations will conduct the 12th Annual Council Grove Spring Turkey Hunt.

“We’ve designed this event to entice beginning turkey hunters into the woods in search of a spring gobbler,” says Council Grove Wildlife Area manager Brent Konen. “It provides participating hunters age 11 through 16 with an opportunity to become involved not only in the hunt but also in its preparation, so they learn a lot more than just how to shoot a turkey.”

Participants will pattern their shotguns and scout for turkeys the evening before the hunt. The morning of the hunt, they will be guided to area locations on public and private land where encounters with these magnificent game birds are likely. Program volunteers will arrange transportation to hunting sites and will be available to assist in the hunt.

The event will also include door prizes, a turkey hunting presentation, and a hunter’s breakfast and lunch.

“Kansas turkey hunting prospects are good, and the excitement of the spring hunt can spark a passion for the outdoors that lasts a lifetime,” says Konen. “Participants are also encouraged to explore historic Council Grove and scenic Morris County while visiting the area.”

Lodging is available in nearby Council Grove, and camping is available at Council Grove Reservoir. Registration is required by March 23. For more information or to register, phone Konen at 620-767-5900.