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FLINT HILLS GOBBLERS YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST

Shotgun, other gear, two-day guided hunt go to essay winner; March 10 deadline
EMPORIA — For the past 10 years, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has challenged youngsters to write an essay and win a two-day guided spring turkey hunt and a new turkey shotgun. This year, in 500 words or less, entrants must answer the question, “Who is your favorite hunting partner and why?”

Youth 16 years and younger from Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties are eligible to participate. Participants must have completed a hunter education course, be available to hunt during the 2011 spring turkey season, and purchase a Kansas spring turkey hunting permit if they win. Youth 16 years old will also have to purchase a valid Kansas hunting license. All past winners have harvested a gobbler.

In addition to the shotgun and guided hunt, the winner will receive a turkey hunting vest and other turkey hunting items donated by Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply, Emporia.

Essay submissions must include name, age, address, and phone number and be sent to Gib Rhodes, 1643 360th St., Madison, KS 66860, or Shelley Sparks, 1789 Road B5, Emporia, KS 66801. The entry deadline is March 10, and the winner of the contest will be notified March 20. Lodging will be provided if the winner is not from Emporia or the surrounding area. A parent or guardian is encouraged to accompany the youth on this hunt. For more information, phone Rhodes at 620-437-2012.

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.
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