Youths aged 16 and younger may participate in the event and must bring their own shotguns. Youths must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult and will need to purchase a hunting license and HIP stamp if they are 16. Nontoxic shells will be provided by the organizers.
Hunters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a news release from Westar, and hunts will be scheduled as requests dictate so hunting groups can be formed. The wildlife area contains wheat and sunflower fields that should provide lively action for hunters.
To apply, contact Shelly Gomez at (785) 575-6355 by Aug. 24.
• The Jayhawk chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for an opening-morning youth dove hunt for children 15 and younger beginning at sunrise Sept. 1 at Clinton Wildlife Area.
Parents are welcome as mentors, but mentors will be provided, according to a news release from the KDWPT. Nontoxic shells and eye and ear protection also will be provided to participants, who are encouraged to dress in camouflage or dark-colored clothing.
For more details and to register, contact John Hill at (785) 550-5657.
• Young hunters living near the Glen Elder Wildlife Area also will have a chance to pursue doves close to home, thanks to an event sponsored by the Osborne County Pheasants Forever Chapter and the KDWPT.
The opening-morning hunt will be Sept. 1 and will be for hunters ages 10-16, with preference given to hunters with no previous dove-hunting experience. Each hunter must have one non-hunting adult mentor to assist them.
Hunters will meet before sunrise at the Glen Elder Wildlife Area shop in Cawker City before heading to the field. After the hunt, all participants will be treated to a free lunch.
Hunters must pre-register by calling the Glen Elder Area Office at (785) 545-3345 before Aug. 29. Spots are limited, and shotguns will be provided for those who don’t have one. Both 12-gauge and 20-gauge shotgun shells will be provided for the youth hunters. Hunters who are 16 will need to purchase a valid Kansas hunting license and a HIP stamp.
For more information or to assist, contact Chris Lecuyer at (785) 545-3345 or John Cockerham at (785) 346-6527.
Dates — Mourning, whitewing: Sept. 1-Nov. 29; exotic (Eurasian collared, ringed turtle): year-round.
Bag limits — Mourning, whitewing: 15; exotics: none.
Possession limits — Mourning, whitewing: 45; exotics: none.