The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is pleased to announce the upcoming 16th Annual Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake, Dec. 14. The hunt will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast at Hopewell Church in Glen Elder State Park, followed by a pre-hunt safety seminar. Hunters, guides, and mentors will hunt in various areas around Waconda Lake where only a limited amount of hunting is allowed. At noon, lunch will be provided by the Waconda Lake Association. Youth age 11-16 and women are eligible to participate, and previous hunting experience is not required. Shotguns and ammunition will be provided for those without equipment while supplies last. Hunters can apply by contacting the Glen Elder Wildlife Area Office at (785) 545-3345 by Monday, Dec. 2. The hunt is open to 40 participants, so early registration is encouraged.
This hunt is unique because participants will have the opportunity to hunt alongside celebrity mentors, including former NFL players Jerry Holloway, Mark Arneson, and Mel Gray; former MLB players Diego and David Segui; national youth go-cart racing champions Brody and Nolan Pope; national youth Crappiemasters champion Jon Gillotte; and former drag racer Guy Caster.
Following lunch, participants may stay for a free trap shoot from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The trap shoot will be held west of the KDWPT Glen Elder Wildlife Area Office and is open to the public.
At 6 p.m., participants can attend the Hunters’ Banquet at Memorial Hall in Downs. In addition to the meal, attendees will be able to meet and visit with celebrity mentors. Hunters must RSVP for the banquet at sign-up.
For more information, contact Chris Lecuyer at (785) 545-3345.
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