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Youth Dove Hunt - 2009

Youth Dove Hunt - Wilson WA 2009

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pheasants Forever Black Gold Chapter, and Ellsworth K-State Research and Extension teamed up to provide several area youth and mentors a unique dove hunt opportunity at Wilson Wildlife Area. For a few young hunters, it was their first trip to hunt doves. But after the hunt was over, they assured us (and their dads) it would not be their last.

Cool and overcast weather conditions did not dampen the spirit as the first hunters arrived an hour early. A mobile trap thrower was set up to give participants a chance to practice shooting skills and discuss gun safety. The young hunters quickly finished off lunch in anticipation of heading to the field. Kids were fully outfitted with orange hats, vests, and hunting buckets provided by Black Gold Pheasants Forever.

Doves were flying as everyone set up around a sunflower field on the west end of Wilson Lake. Sunflowers were planted and managed by KDWPT to attract doves. As the sun started to break through the clouds, the first shots were fired. Gun barrels were hot as everyone burned through the first box of shells. As the afternoon wound down, everyone gathered at the fields’ edge to share stories from the hunt. Stories ranged from the great shot to the bird that got away, but everyone agreed that they were going to mark their calendars for next year’s youth dove hunt. Some had already marked their calendars for the next day’s dove hunt.

If you would like more information on youth/mentor hunting opportunities, contact the Wildlife Area Manager at 785-658-2465