National wild turkey federation to host youth camp


Registered youth will enjoy a weekend filled with all things wild

PRATT ­– The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting the 2014 Kansas State JAKES (Juveniles Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Skills) Camp September 13 and 14 at White Memorial Camp, six miles north of Council Grove. All interested youth 17 and younger are invited to participate. The cost to attend is $20 for JAKES members, $30 for non-JAKES members (which includes a JAKES membership), and $20 for adults. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Registrations must be received by Sept. 5.

Saturday’s activities include geocaching, fishing, BB gun and air rifle ranges, trapshooting, still-target shooting, 3-d archery, turkey calling with world-champion turkey caller Chris Parrish, and lunch.

Saturday evening activities include a presentation on Quail in Kansas, courtesy of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation; archery demonstrations, courtesy of Archery in The Schools; arts and crafts; and canoeing. The evening will conclude with the NWTF Kansas State JAKES (youth 12 and under) and Xtreme JAKES (youth 13-17) turkey calling contests and dinner.

On Sunday morning, participants can enjoy breakfast; followed by a class on turkey biology and management presented by Jim Pitman, small game coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and an arson dog demonstration, presented by the Kansas State Fire Marshal. A 6 a.m. sunrise service will also be available to participants.

For more information, and to register, contact Gib Rhodes at (620) 437-2012.

Source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


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