TOPEKA – Westar Energy invites eligible youths to its spring turkey hunt, April 1-16, 2019, at Jeffrey Energy Center, located seven miles north of St. Marys. The event is open to 12- to 16-year-olds who have not harvested a turkey. The project is supported by Westar Energy Green Team volunteers who are veteran hunters available to assist the youths and their mentors.
Youths must be accompanied by an adult mentor, preferably one who does not have turkey hunting experience. These trips will take place in enclosed blinds around small crop fields scattered through the plant’s property, where turkeys are abundant.
A shotgun is needed. No special clothing, calls or decoys are necessary. Hunters 15 years and younger will need to purchase a youth spring turkey permit. Hunters 16 years of age will need to purchase a unit three turkey permit and have a hunting license, and a hunter’s safety certificate or an apprentice hunting license.
Hunts will take place primarily in the mornings and on weekends, but weekdays and afternoons are possible based on volunteer guide availability. Registration will be open through Friday, March 15, or until all slots are filled. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference for inexperienced mentors. To apply, please call 785-575-6355.
The Westar Energy Green Team is a group of employees and retiree volunteers that takes on environmental projects across Kansas. The group completes between 50 and 70 projects per year on weekends and evenings. The Green Team also collaborates with conservation groups, agencies and schools in enhancing and fostering an understanding of the Kansas environment.