The KDWPT youth turkey hunt at Hutchinson has been going on for a dozen years or so and 10-12 youngsters are treated to a wonderful experience during the special youth season. Most kids manage to kill a bird over the course of an evening and morning hunt. If not, there's always tales of narrow misses and what-ifs.
There were 10 kids present for this year's hunt and one youngster and his father came all the way from Denver, Colo., to participate. Shotguns were patterned and participants were treated to grilled hot dogs, chips, snacks and drinks (courtesy of the Ark River Chapter of Pheasants Forever) before heading afield with their parent or guardian and a volunteer guide. Each kid walked away with a Cabela's gift card, camo hat, box call and information on hunting wild turkeys.
The evening hunt was a good one and for once the weather cooperated. About half of the kids managed to kill a turkey the first evening. Those that didn't were back bright and early the next morning and the weather and morning promised to be a good one. When all the smoke cleared and the shotgun shells quit flying, eight out of 10 kids had killed at least one bird. One of the youngsters who didn't get a bird missed several times and the other had too many turkeys in range at once and a good shot (one that wouldn't kill several hens, too) never really materialized.
For many of the participants this is their first
To find out about special hunting opportunities for species such as waterfowl, deer and turkeys, check out the KDWPT web site at www.ksoutdoors.com.