Youth, youth-mentor, open hunts available on 4,775 acres of private land, four public areas; application deadline March 19
PRATT — To enhance the 2010 spring turkey hunting experience, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is joining with private landowners to offer special spring turkey hunts. Special hunts will be offered in 12 counties (Chase, Clay, Douglas, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Leavenworth, Osage, Ottawa, Reno, Riley, Sumner, and Wabaunsee), opening up 4,775 acres for 118 special hunt opportunities. In addition, special hunts are being offered at Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area, Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #2, Eisenhower State Park, and Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge.

These special hunts range from youth-only and youth-mentor hunts to open hunts. All special hunt opportunities are available by online application and a random drawing. Those applicants who are drawn for a hunt will be notified by email with additional hunt information and their special hunt permit for accessing the property. The online application and hunt information is on the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Click "Hunting" at the top of the page, then "Special Hunts" in the left-hand column. The application deadline is Friday, March 19. Special hunt permit recipients must also possess required hunting licenses and turkey permits.

Access to lands enrolled in these special hunts will be limited to foot traffic only, unless posted otherwise. Each property will have special restrictions for dates allowed and type of hunt that will be listed on the application. For more information regarding the special hunts program or applications, phone Jake George at 620-672-5911.