Doc Wiley Cast & Blast with the Sunflower GSP Club
Jul
21
6:30 AM06:30

Doc Wiley Cast & Blast with the Sunflower GSP Club

The Sunflower German Shorthair Pointer Club is hosting a Cast and Blast Day at a private property near Howard, KS.

We will spend the morning busting clays and fishing at a private pond with members of the club. Lunch will be provided.

This is a fun event for matches and waiting Littles.

All participants must have a signed liability waiver (you can download it from the link).

Call Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or respond via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

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Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Youth Pheasant Hunt

The folks at Collige Kennels & Outfitting have invited Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors to bring some youth hunters out to their land near Offerle, KS for a pheasant hunt.

We'll start the day with some practice on the target range, have some lunch and then hunt pheasants in the afternoon.

We'll post more information about this hunt as we get closer to the date.

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Shooting Clinic
Jun
25
5:30 PM17:30

Shooting Clinic

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors will be hosting a Shooting Clinic at the Ark Valley Gun Club from 5:30 until we run out of targets, ammo or daylight, whichever comes first! We'll have instructors for archery, BB-gun, skeet and trap.

Joining Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors will be volunteers from local Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Bow Hunters and Christian Bow Hunters organizations.

BBQ sandwiches will be provided at no charge, donated by Security 1st Title. 

All participants must have a signed liability waiver (you can download it from the link).

Please register for the event here.

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Jun
23
8:00 AM08:00

Fishing Clinic/Derby

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information: 
Open to youths ages 3 - 15 at Happy Hollow Lake (19749 Happy Hollow Road, Leavenworth, KS).  This is a free fishing event.  Come join us for a morning of fishing, fun, and refreshments.  Refreshments will be provided! Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, Pop and Water.  Bait will be provided!! Bring your own poles!  Fishing Derby is Catch and Release only

For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911

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Fishing w/St Marks' Men's Group
Jun
23
7:00 AM07:00

Fishing w/St Marks' Men's Group

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors will be joining the St Mark's Men's Group for a morning of fishing with kids from the neighborhood at a private pond north of Wichita.

We'll meet at St Mark's at 7AM and fish till 11:30AM when we'll reconvene at the church for lunch.

For more information, contact Harvey Nero at 316-209-7557

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Jun
10
8:00 AM08:00

Kids Fishing Clinic

Contact: Thane Loring
Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Other Information: 
Kids Fishing Clinic. Ages 7-15. Pre-Registration at the State Park Office no later than Thursday, June 7th. Participants will learn fishing techniques and fish identification, with an adult mentor.  Registration is limited.

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Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

9th Annual Outdoor Kansas Kids Event

Come join us for the 9th annual OK Kids Day event at Cedar Bluff State Park.

A Free event (no vehicle permit required, camping fees still apply)

Activities include: Fishing Derby, Archery, Trap Shooting, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Minnow Catching, Feather Dart making, Train rides and free hot dog lunch for participants

Registration starts at 9 am

Contact: Amber McLaughlin
Phone No: 7857263212

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Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Pratt Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information: 

Annual youth fishing derby at the Pratt Youth/Mentor Pond located at the KDWPT Operations Office in Pratt, KS.  Fishing and fishing education activties between 9am and 11am with a cookout at 11am.    To register for the event or to volunteer, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

OK Kids Day

This is going to be fun! O.K. Kids Day at the Great Plains Nature Center will be a FREE event on June 2 for kids of all ages.

Outdoor Kansas Kids (O.K. Kids) is a statewide program coordinated by Kansas Wildscape. The mission of O.K. Kids is “To provide multiple outdoor recreation opportunities for Kansas youth with adult partnering and mentoring to encourage outdoor recreational opportunities, and promote and provide an active lifestyle as an alternative to sedentary activities.”

They’ll have lots of fun and free activities, usually including things like crafts, hikes, archery, fishing, from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Kids – and probably a lot of us parents – will experience new things, gain some new skills, and enjoy nature.

The theme for the O.K. Kids Day event at the GPNC  changes each year and will focus on topics that encourage kids to enjoy the outdoors. The games, crafts, and activities will all reflect the theme. This is an event suitable for all ages.

Admission to OK Kids Day at the GPNC is completely free!

Pre-registration is not required. Just show up!

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th Street North, Wichita
Cost: FREE

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Youth in the Outdoors Day
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Youth in the Outdoors Day

Free fun for kids 6-16. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Activities include:

  • Laser Shot
  • Archery Clinic
  • BB Gun Clinic
  • Turkey Calling
  • Fishing and Fly Fishing Demonstrations
  • Black Powder Shooting
  • Hunter Education
  • Clay Target Shooting
  • Waterfowl Calling
  • Wildlife Habitat Education

There will be a drawing for a lifetime Kansas Hunting License!

Contact Verne Dow for more information at 785-438-2065

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Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Fishing With a Cop

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: Bryan Sowards
Phone No: 785-658-2465

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information: 
Fishing Derby at Lakewood Park in Salina, KS.  This event is open to the public.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bryan Sowards, District Fisheries Biologist, at 785-658-2465

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May
21
to May 23

National R3 Symposium

  • Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The National R3 Symposium is the first nation-wide event solely focused on resources and partnerships needed to secure the future of hunting, angling, target shooting, and boating. This meeting is the premier venue for the outdoor community to advance the field of outdoor recreation recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) in the United States. The National R3 Symposium will provide an unparalleled opportunity for agencies, industries and NGO’s to share, learn and develop the limitless opportunities our community has to accelerate the current state of R3 effort and impact.

Join us at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel from May 21 – 23, 2018 and help us chart the path forward for the collective benefit of wildlife conservation and the American outdoor heritage.

 

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Fishing w/BBBS of the Flint Hills
May
20
1:30 PM13:30

Fishing w/BBBS of the Flint Hills

The Kansas Hunting & Fishing Chapter of Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors will be hosting an afternoon of fishing with BBBS of the Flint Hills at Camp Alexander.

All participants must have a signed liability waiver (you can download it from the link).

Contact Serena Randolph/BBBS to reserve your spot! (serena@bbbsfh.org).

If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Eric Brown at ericbrown52@gmail.com.

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Youth Turkey Hunt
May
19
6:30 AM06:30

Youth Turkey Hunt

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is hosting a Youth Turkey Hunt on private land near Longton, KS on May 19.

This hunt is open to any Outdoor Mentoring match. Guides can be provided if wanted/needed.

All participants must have a signed liability waiver (you can download it from the link).

Contact Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org for further information. 

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Youth Aquatic Education Day
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Aquatic Education Day

Clinton State Park chapter of Fishing’s Future will host Fishing Clinics from NOON – 3:00 p.m. 

COST: $5.00/DAILY VEHICLE PERMIT (If your vehicle doesn't already have an annual permit or you don't have a park passport from purchasing with your vehicle registration.)

We will have fishing education and casting stations to enhance your angling skills plus seminars on water safety, fish identification and fishing rules & regulations. Fishing Derby afterwards. We’ll meet in the Clinton Marina West Parking Area. Children up to age 15 are invited to bring their poles (or one will be provided). Everything else needed to catch fish will be provided, to include assistance from local anglers. We’ll give you instruction, supplies and bait. We’ll let you enjoy fishing with your little angler. If you need help we’ll be there! Registration will open at 11:00 AM, and the derby will run after our instruction sessions. You’ll be entered in drawings for each station you complete. 

Got older kids who want to participate? Bring them! All are welcome! No fishing licenses are required during the event!

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

NWTF 8th Annual Youth Shoot

  • 1380 1300th Street Iola, KS, 66749 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is hosted by the Kansas First Upland Pioneers NWTF Chapter.

The location for this event will be at 1380 1300 Street Iola, Ks - 1/2 mile south of Russell Stovers. Lots of fun activities such as archery, 22 rifle range, trap shoot, and BB gun range. Lunch will be provided as well as guns for this event. You will also have several chances to win prizes. Kids must be present with a guardian - ages up to 17. Pre registration forms are due by the end of the day of April 20th to qualify for a free T-shirt (if you pre register by April 20th and attend the event May 5th, there will be a special drawing) Pre registration forms are available by contacting Stephanie at erbertelectric@gmail.com or call or text 785-447-2993.

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16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids' Sake
May
4
to May 5

16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids' Sake

We are ramping up for the 16th Annual Bust-a-Clay for Kids’ Sake Sporting Clays event! The Pass It On -- Outdoor Mentors program relies on the Bust-a-Clay for Kids’ Sake event for a significant portion of the funding that allows us to provide quality outdoor experiences for kids from across Kansas.

This year, the event is scheduled for May 4th & 5th at Flint Oak. We will have dinner and an auction the evening of the 4th, followed by a presentation byTBD.

On the 5th, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and spend the morning busting clays on the scenic course at Flint Oak.

To join us, all you need to do is raise $350 in pledges for the targets you break. We will have great prizes for the top 3 pledge earners.

Thanks to your support, the Pass It On -- Outdoor Mentors program is growing and expanding to serve more of our youth across Kansas and across the country.

Event Schedule:

Friday, May 4

  • Dinner and Auction beginning with Social Hour at 7:30pm 
  • Presentation by TBD
  • All shooters are invited to stay Friday evening at the luxurious Flint Oak Lodge.

Saturday, May 5

  • Breakfast beginning at 6:30am
  • Sporting Clays beginning at 8:00am
  • Lunch beginning at noon
  • Awards ceremony at 1:30pm

The event is free to participants, including lodging, meals, shooting and shells for the round of clays. However, each participant must raise a minimum of $350in pledges for the targets they break. Pledges may either be an amount per target or a fixed amount for the round of clays. Raise $500 in pledges and you will receive a nice bonus gift from Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. Raise $750 or more and you'll be entered into a drawing for a new shotgun! The top 2 pledge earners will be awarded special gifts as well!

All donors pledging $50 or more will receive Gun-a-Week Tickets as our way of saying Thank You!

This event is open to one and all. Prizes and awards will be given to the top fundraisers.

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Youth Aquatic Education Day
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Youth Aquatic Education Day

Come join us for a day of fun in the Great Outdoors!

We will have stations on fish identification, knot tying, electronics, water safety, rules, regulations, and a casting activity to enhance your angling skills.

Prizes, prizes & prizes and memories to last a lifetime.

There will be a drawing for a lifetime Kansas Hunting or Fishing license!

Contact Ginger Cansler at 785-499-3610 or via email at cgmarina.cansler@gmail.com

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Youth Turkey Hunt
Apr
6
to Apr 8

Youth Turkey Hunt

  • Bell Wildlife Specialties (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bell Wildlife Specialties will be hosting a Youth Turkey Hunt for mentors and mentees in the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program at their lodge in Harveyville, KS.

We'll travel to Harveyville the evening of April 6, hunt Saturday and Sunday, returning after the morning hunt on Sunday.

All participants must have hunter safety cards.

All participants must have a signed liability waiver (you can download it from the link).

There is no cost for this event, other than the required licenses and tags.

If interested, contact Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

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WESTAR Energy Youth Turkey Hunt
Apr
1
to Apr 17

WESTAR Energy Youth Turkey Hunt

Westar Energy invites eligible youth to participate in spring turkey hunts April 1-17 at Jeffrey Energy Center, 7 miles north of St. Marys. The youth-season event – open to novice hunters age 12 to 16 who have never harvested a turkey – is supported by experienced hunters and volunteers of the Westar Energy Green Team, who will serve as guides to youth hunters and their mentors.

Youth must be accompanied by an adult mentor, preferably one without turkey hunting experience. A shotgun is required, but no special clothing, calls or decoys are needed. Hunters age 15 and younger will need to purchase a youth spring turkey permit. Hunters who are 16 must have a Hunter Education certificate and a hunting license or an apprentice hunting license and will need to purchase a Unit 3 turkey permit.

Hunts will take place in enclosed blinds around small crop fields scattered throughout the plant’s property, where turkeys are abundant. Most hunts will take place in the mornings and on weekends, but weekdays and afternoons are possible based on volunteer guide availability.

Registration is open through Friday, March 16, or until all slots are filled. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to youth with inexperienced mentors. To apply, please call (785) 575-6355.

The Westar Energy Green Team is a group of employees and retiree volunteers who take on environmental projects across Kansas. The group completes 50 to 70 projects per year on weekends and evenings and collaborates with conservation groups, agencies and schools to enhance and foster a better understanding of the Kansas environment.

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First Hunt - Wichita area
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

First Hunt - Wichita area

This event is an introductory/training hunt for the youths who have recently completed their Hunter Ed class. We will have shotgun instruction and controlled hunts for pheasants with experienced guides and hunting dogs. The event is designed to give novice hunters an introduction to upland bird hunting.

This event is limited to 20 new hunters.

This event is being hosted by local sportsmens organiztions and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Address: Michael Murphy & Sons, 6400 SW Hunter Road, Augusta, KS

Time: 1pm - 5pm

Contact: Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

All participants must have passed a hunter education class and bring a signed liability waiver with them to be able to participate.

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Mar
2
to Mar 3

Hunter Education Class

Pass It On -  Outdoor Mentors will be hosting a traditional Hunter Education class at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Wichita, KS. The class will run from 6pm-9pm on Friday, March 2 and from 8am-5pm on Saturday, March 3. Students must attend all sessions to be eligible to take the test at the end of the class.

There is no cost for the class.

Students must be at least 11 years old to be able to take the class.

To register, call Mike Christensen at 3166-253-7221 or send him an email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org

 

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Jan
27
8:30 AM08:30

ARC January Float

THE ARC JANUARY 27, 2018 FLOAT will launch at Rainbow Bend Bridge and take out at Geuda Springs Bridge.

FLOAT COORDINATOR: Wally Seibel, contact wallyseibel@aol.com or 316-684-0730 for information or boat reservations . . .    cell contact at the put in on Jan 27- Vince Marshall at 316 680 9669.

REQUIRED:  A signed Waiver and Release of Liability is required of each participating paddler, even if you use your own boat.  Get forms from www.ArkRiverCoalition org; go to Floats >Waiver forms and click on Adult or Minors waiver form.  Please download and complete before arriving. 

MEETING TIME AND SCHEDULE: Boats supplied by ARC will be assigned and available for loading personal gear by 8:30. Drivers, please be prepared to join the vehicle shuttle to the take out promptly at 9:00.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: 

From Udall head south on Clark Street, which becomes 21st Rd south of Udall, and continue south for 14.0 miles to 202nd Rd.  Turn right onto 202nd Rd and go 0.5 mile to the bridge.

From Oxford head east on US-160 for 3.8 miles, turn right onto 21st Rd  and continue south for 4.2 miles to 202nd Rd.  Turn right onto 202nd Rd and go 0.5 mile to the bridge.

FLOAT DESCRIPTION: The float trip will cover about 8.3 river miles at a leisurely paddling  pace. There will be an extended rest stop and lunch break (BYOL) around noon. Expect to arrive at the take out by mid afternoon, between 2:30 and 3:00, and be on your way home by 3-4 p.m.

NEED A KAYAK?  The Arkansas River Coalition has kayaks to lend. If you need a kayak, contact Wally as soon as possible to make arrangements.

RSVP: Although a response in not required if you have your own boat, it is appreciated and to your advantage to RSVP if you plan to participate so that you can be contacted if weather conditions require a change in plan or venue.

OPTIONAL CAMPING: The Saturday only paddlers will take out at the Geuda Springs Bridge and head for home. You are invited to join those of us who will continue on down river to camp overnight on a sandbar.  Sunday we will take out at Ark City, about 6 river miles from the Geuda.

PLEASE NOTE- COLD WEATHER REQUIREMENTS: Cold weather paddling presents special challenges and dangers. In case of a spill, all soaked, wet clothing must be removed very quickly and be replaced with dry to prevent hypothermia. We will be prepared to quickly make a warming fire where possible and carry towels, sleeping bags and warming blankets.

1. Do not wear garments like jeans and sweatshirts made of cotton. They are heavy and very cold when wet and take forever to dry. Wear garments of man-made fabrics or wool - wool retains its insulating properties even when damp or wet.

2. Wear boots that will keep your feet dry in water up to 12 inches depth. You may have to drag your boat off a submerged sandbar.

3. Bring a complete change of clothes secured in a dry bag. If you do not have a dry bag, a trash compactor bag with the opening twisted, turned back on itself and rubber-banded makes an excellent substitute.

4. Layer your clothing. The amount of clothing for a cold morning may need to be adjusted to later weather conditions and paddling exertion.

SAFETY RULES:  Safety is paramount, these safety guidelines must be observed

1. A life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), must be worn at all times when on the water- no exceptions.

2. There will be a designated lead boat, or probe, and a sweep. Stay with the group, do not move ahead of the probe and do not fall behind the sweep. This makes it possible for aid to arrive more quickly in case help is needed. This is especially important in cold weather

3. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly not allowed while floating or during rest/lunch stops.

MEDICAL: Participants should be in good health and good physical condition. It takes extra time and expense when a paddler needs to receive medical attention and for possible later evacuation from a remote river location.

COST: There is no cost for joining our floats. The activities of the Arkansas River Coalition and its river floats are made possible by voluntary, tax deductible, donations from friends, supporters and  participants like you. A $15 donation is suggested when using ARC supplied equipment. Please make donation checks payable to The Arkansas River Coalition, Inc. In case of cash donations, write the amount of your donation on the back of your Waiver of Liability form.

The Arkansas River Coalition is much more than just a paddle club. If  you are not a member of ARC, please consider joining to support its mission to protect, restore and improve the entire watershed and enhance the well-being of all life it sustains. Membership forms may be downloaded from this web site, ArkRiverCoalition.org.

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Antlerless Deer Hunt
Jan
6
to Jan 7

Antlerless Deer Hunt

  • 14748 SE Stony Creek Rd Latham, KS, 67072 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will have several opportunities for youth to participate in the antlerless deer season the weekend of January 6-7.

Youth must have hunter education and must bring a signed liability waiver.

If interested in participating in this hunt, please contact Mike Christensen at 316-290-8883 or via email at mchristensen@outdoormentors.org.

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First Day Hikes
Jan
1
8:00 AM08:00

First Day Hikes

The guided First Day Hike is part of a program sponsored by America’s State Parks. The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on New Year’s Day at your State Park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome New Year with friends and family. There are hundreds of scheduled First Day Hikes across the United States. More information about the First Day Hike program and other hikes around the United States visit, http://naspd.org.

To find KS State Parks that are participating in First Day Hikes, check out this link:

http://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Special-Events/First-Day-Hikes

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Dec
9
7:00 AM07:00

20th Annual Youth & Women's Pheasant Hunt

  • Glen Elder Dam Rd Glen Elder, KS, 67446 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and sponsoring partners will be holding their 2017 Youth and Women’s Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake on Saturday, December 9th.  The event will begin in the morning at 7:15 am with a hunter breakfast to be held in the Hopewell Church basement at Glen Elder State Park.  Breakfast will be followed by a pre-hunt safety talk and participants will be divided into hunting groups.  The hunters, guides, and mentors will then head out to various refuge areas (where only a very limited amount of hunting is allowed) around Glen Elder Reservoir and hunt for the remainder of the morning and early afternoon.  A noon meal will be provided for all participants by the Waconda Lake Association.

Women of any age and youth ages 11 – 16 are eligible and encouraged to apply for this hunt.  This hunt is geared toward providing a comfortable and positive hunting environment for new or inexperienced hunters. Previous hunting experience is not required, and some shotguns and ammunition can be provided to applicants who do not have access to their own equipment.  Applications should be made by contacting the Glen Elder Area Office at 785-545-3345 (8:00 – 4:30 weekdays) starting November 16th and ending Friday, December 1, 2017. Up to 40 applicants will be selected to participate in the hunt. 

Participants will be divided into different groups based on their hunting experience and skill levels.  The most inexperienced hunters will start their activities with some basic field safety exercises and trap shooting, and progress towards live hunting later in the day.  The participants that have some prior pheasant hunting experience will spend more of their time in the field pursuing wild roosters through typical thick, birdy cover.

A unique aspect of this event is that participants will get to interact with and hunt alongside a few Hero-Celebrities that have been invited to serve as hunting mentors for their group.  These individuals may be former athletes, TV personalities, or military personnel that have recently returned from deployment.

As part of the day’s events, there will be trap shooting stations set up for the young (and older) hunters to work on refining their shooting skills.  From 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm the trap shooting will also be open to the general public.  The trap shooting area will be located immediately west of the KDWPT Glen Elder Area Office.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring novice shooters with them.

All participants will receive a commemorative item from the event, and each of the hunters will also receive some additional outdoor gear prizes provided by sponsors.

To conclude the day, a hunter’s banquet is planned for Saturday night.  The banquet will include a meal, recognition of Sponsors and Partners for the event, and more opportunities for the hunters and mentors to interact with the Hero-Celebrities.  All event participants are invited to attend and will be asked to RSVP for the banquet when they sign up for the hunt.

Extra volunteers will be needed for the event to serve as hunting and instructional mentors.  For further questions concerning the event or if you would like to be involved, please contact Chris Lecuyer at the KDWPT Glen Elder Area Office 785-545-3345.

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