Daily Archives: December 30, 2012

Youth Essay Contest Topic: Safe Turkey Hunting

2013 youth essay contest

Gun Giveaway & Guided Hunt

ATTENTION YOUNG HUNTERS: Write a story and win a guided spring turkey hunt, a new turkey shotgun, and a turkey hunting vest loaded with turkey hunting supplies!  This is the eleventh year of this contest and past winners have all been successful at harvesting a gobbler.  To commemorate the eleventh year of this contest, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter will be providing a new shotgun to the author of the winning essay.  The contest is co-sponsored by the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Lyon County Hunter Education Program, Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply of Emporia and the Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation.  Youth 16 years and younger from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties are eligible to participate.

JAKES stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship.  Many of the National Wild Turkey Federation programs are also aimed at creating safe, knowledgeable, and responsible hunters.  2013 Topic: There are several reasons any kind of hunting could be dangerous.  In 500 words or less, what advice would you give turkey hunters for a safe spring hunt?

Participants must have completed a hunter safety course and understand what it means to be a safe and responsible turkey hunter, be available to hunt during the 2013 spring turkey season, and, if chosen, must purchase a Kansas spring turkey hunting permit.  The lucky winner will receive a guided spring turkey hunt during the 2013 Spring Turkey Hunting Season.  The winner also will receive a turkey hunting vest and other turkey hunting items donated by Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply of Emporia.  Please submit your essay, including your name, age, address and phone number to Gib Rhodes, 1643 360thSt., Madison, KS 66860 or Shelley Sparks, 1789 Road B5, Emporia, KS 66801 by March 5th, 2013.  The winner of the contest will be notified by March 15th, 2013.  Lodging will be provided if the winner is not from Emporia or the surrounding area.  A parent or guardian is welcome and encouraged to accompany the youth on this hunt.  If you have any questions regarding the essay contest or hunt, please feel free to contact Gib Rhodes at (620) 437-2012. 

12th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic

Presented by: The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Where: Camp Alexander, Emporia, KS

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to become a better turkey

hunter is invited, especially youth

Duration: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: FREE

  Come listen to calling tips and other expert turkey hunting advice

  Bluestem Farm & Ranch of Emporia will have on display at the clinic all of the latest

    turkey hunting equipment available at their retail store

  Bluestem Farm & Ranch also will be holding a drawing for a loaded turkey vest

  Lunch will be provided

  The clinic will consist of several educational sections dealing with all aspects of

    becoming a successful turkey hunter including:

  • Turkey Calling and Locator Calling

  • Scouting / Roosting

  • Wild Turkey Biology and Management

  • Shotgun Hunting for Wild Turkeys

  • Bowhunting for Wild Turkeys

  • Turkey Hunting Equipment

  • Turkey Hunting Safety

  Please RSVP by March 9th with the total number of children and adults

   attending, as well as the t-shirt sizes for children (Limited to 150 attendees. Don’t put it off because we do fill up quickly! Last year we filled up by Jan. 28th!).

  For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact:

   Gib Rhodes at (620) 437-2012