Event limited to 10 youth; application deadline Aug. 22
HAYS -- Thanks to the success of last year's TJ’s Memorial Youth Deer Hunt, the Hunting Heritage Group and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will host another youth deer hunt during the special youth and disabled hunting season (Sept 13-21).

This year, the hunt will be on Sept. 13 and 14. Hunters will hunt from a blind with an experienced guide/mentor on private land that adjoins Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area in Trego County. Two of the youth participants will have the opportunity to hunt in specially designated areas on the wildlife area.

The first morning will consist of classroom instruction and a trip to the range to sight rifles. Guides will leave with youth hunters after lunch or once the youth and guide are comfortable with the rifle. All hunters will return to the meeting area that evening. Youngsters who are unsuccessful by evening will be invited to hunt the following day.

Youth participants must be ages 10 through 16. In addition, candidates for the hunt must complete and submit an application form by Aug. 22. From the applications, a committee that represents the Hunting Heritage Group organization will select 10 participants.

For more information, contact natural resource officer Jason Hawman at 785-743-2942. There is no charge for the hunt. To download an application, go online to www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/content/download/21235/142064/.

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 ones in order to ensure the future of hunting in Kansas.