Special event designed to encourage youth participation in hunting
PRATT – Area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun, air rifle, and archery shooting clinic on Saturday, October 11 at Council Grove Reservoir. This Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. With the help of certified firearm and archery skills instructors, participants will have an opportunity to enhance their firearm and archery shooting skills and safety practices in a fun and controlled environment . All gear and supplies will be provided. Youth age 11-16 may participate and are required to pre-register for the event. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, but prior completion is preferred.
The event will take place at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) managed area between Marina Cove and Neosho Park, approximately 0.25 miles west of the USACE office at the west end of the dam. Check-in and a free lunch will be between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., with instruction beginning at 12:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded including a youth model .243 bolt action rifle with scope, donated by SCI.
Those interested are asked to pre-register before October 3. For more information, or to register, contact Council Grove Wildlife Area Manager Brent Konen at (620) 767-5900.
The event is part of KDWPT’s “Pass It On” Program which is designed to increase the percentage of Kansas youth who hunt. Other event sponsors include the USACE, the Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF), the Munkers Creek Limbhangers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Chisholm Trail Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), the Bill Young Foundation, and Morris County Hunter Education instructors.