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.