The Osborne County Pheasants Forever Chapter and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) invite hunters age 10-16 who have limited or no previous dove hunting experience to participate in an opening-morning dove hunt Sunday, September 1. Organizers expect plenty of shooting opportunities as the birds flock to a specially-managed crop field on the Glen Elder Wildlife Area that will be reserved exclusively for this youth event. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 27. Kids who have never hunted doves will be given preference. A limited number of shotguns will be available for kids who do not have one, and 12- and 20-gauge shotgun shells will be provided for all hunters.
Each youth will have at least one adult mentor at their side to assist them. Hunters are asked to meet before sunrise on the morning of the hunt at the Glen Elder Wildlife Area shop in Cawker City to get paired up with adult mentors before heading to the field. Participants are welcome to enjoy a free lunch following the hunt.
Youth interested in participating in this hunt can pre-register by calling the Glen Elder Area Office at (785) 545-3345. Spots are limited, so hunters are encouraged to register early.
When registering for the event, hunters will be asked if they want to participate in a practice trap shoot that may be held Saturday afternoon, Aug. 31. If there are enough participants, hunters will be notified with details of the time and location for the trap shoot.
For more information, or to assist with this event, contact Glen Elder Wildlife Area Manager Chris Lecuyer at (785) 545-3345 or John Cockerham of Pheasants Forever at (785) 346-6527.
Image courtesy Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism