KDWP to offer special spring turkey hunts in 2009

This spring, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
will conduct a number of special turkey hunts on public and private
lands, as well as state parks. These hunts will offer a more
controlled environment with less crowding than might otherwise be
found on most public lands. Participants will be chosen through a
limited drawing. Although many hunts are geared toward youth,
others allow hunters of any age or experience level.

KDWP is joining with the Kansas University Endowment Association
and other private landowners to offer these special spring turkey
hunts. Special hunts will be offered in 12 counties (Atchison,
Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Douglas, Leavenworth, Osage, Ottawa,
Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, and Sumner), opening more than 5,000
acres for 95 special hunt opportunities. The special hunts range
from youth-only and youth-mentor hunts to open hunts. The KU
Endowment Association has signed up properties in four counties
where seven youth-only hunts will be offered.

All special hunt opportunities will be 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. The online application
and hunt information will be made available through the KDWP
website on Monday, Feb. 16, with an application deadline of Monday,
March 16.

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 on the program or applications, write Jake
George, Private Lands Coordinator, KDWP, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt,
KS 67124; phone 620-672-5911, ext. 160; or

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