The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 2012 NWTF Kansas State JAKES Camp for youth on Sept. 15-16 at Camp Alexander, near Emporia. JAKES stand for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, and the acronym is also a common name for young male wild turkeys.
The cost of this event is $20 for JAKES members, $30 for non-JAKES members, and $20 for adults. Youth 17 years old and younger get to select from 15 activities in which to participate, including fishing, first aid in the field, air rifle, small game animals, arts and crafts, nature hikes and birding, firearms handling and safety, shotgun live fire, turkey calling, archery, sporting dogs, GPS, JAKES Take Aim range, and game calling.
Ralph Duren, two-time Grand National turkey calling champion, will present “Calls of the Wild” and will entertain campers later around the campfire Saturday night. Youth attending can participate in the 3rd Annual NWTF Kansas State youth turkey calling contest Saturday evening.
Attendees may choose to tent camp Saturday night or commute. Top-notch meals will be provided both days. Last year’s Kansas State JAKES Camp was awarded the NWTF “Best State JAKES Event” at this year’s NWTF National Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
For more information or a registration form, contact Gib Rhodes at 620-437-2012.
Image courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism