March 1, 2012
Registration deadline March 23; preference given to inexperienced hunters
PRATT — Staff at Jeffrey Energy Center (JEC) are inviting youth who have not harvested a turkey to participate in the center’s spring hunt April 1-22 at JEC, about 45 minutes northwest of Topeka.

Youth must be accompanied by an adult mentor, preferably one who does not have turkey hunting experience. These trips will be guided by veteran hunters and will take place in enclosed blinds around small crop fields scattered throughout the plant’s property, where turkeys are abundant.

Youth 12 through 17 years old are eligible. All they need is a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism turkey permit and a shotgun; no special clothing, calls, or decoys are needed. A hunting license and hunter education certificate are only necessary for hunters 16 years or older.

Hunts will take place primarily in the mornings and on weekends, but weekdays and afternoons are possible based on volunteer guide availability. Registration is open through Friday, March 23, or until all slots are filled. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference for inexperienced mentors. For more information or to apply, phone Barb Cornelius at 785-575-8125.