October 30, 2014

Applications for Jeffrey Energy Center deer hunt due Nov. 7

TOPEKA – The Westar Energy Green Team will host rifle deer hunts for area youth who have little or no deer hunting experience. The guided hunts will be conducted at Jeffrey Energy Center, seven miles north of St. Marys, during the early firearm deer season, Dec. 3-14. Youth 12 and older are invited to apply.

Each participating young hunter must be accompanied by an adult mentor. Hunts will be held in the early mornings or late afternoons from blinds, and participants will be led by volunteers who are experienced hunters. A limited number of slots will be awarded to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunters are encouraged to bring their own rifles, but loaners can be provided if needed.

Every hunter must have a Unit 9 deer permit from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and hunters 16 and older must also possess a hunting license and hunter education certificate.

The Green Team’s annual youth deer hunts provide safe and fun hunting experiences in an area where the odds of success are high due to the abundance of deer. The program is designed to encourage youth interested in learning about hunting to give it a try.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 7 and hunters selected to participate will be notified by November 14. On Nov. 22, selected hunters will attend an orientation session to learn about safety, deer biology and receive assistance sighting in rifles.

To apply, please contact Barb Cornelius at (785) 575-8125.