Westar Energy Green Team hosting youth deer hunt

The Westar Energy Green Team invites young hunters with little or no deer hunting experience to apply for special deer hunting opportunities. Hunts will be conducted at Jeffrey Energy Center, located 7 miles north of St. Marys, during the firearm deer season, Dec. 2-13. Hunts are open to youth 12 and older, and each young hunter must be accompanied by an adult mentor. Hunts will be held in the early morning or late afternoon. Slots will be awarded to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to those who have little or no deer hunting experience.

Youths will hunt from blinds led by volunteer, experienced hunters. Hunters are encouraged to bring their own rifle, but one can be provided if needed.

Every hunter must have a Unit 9 deer permit. Hunters 16 and older must also possess a hunting license and hunter education certificate.

An orientation session will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21. Organizers will instruct on safety and deer biology and assist hunters with sighting in rifles.

The Green Team’s annual youth deer hunts are designed to encourage youth interested in learning about hunting to give it a try. The hunts provide safe and fun hunting experiences in an area with an abundance of deer.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 6 and successful hunters will be notified by Nov. 13. To apply, contact Barb Cornelius at 785-575-8125.