December and January hunts for youth who have never harvested a deer; application deadline Nov. 2 ST. MARYS — During the regular firearms season — Nov. 30-Dec. 11 — and the extended antlerless whitetail season — Jan. 1-8, 2012 — Westar Energy's Green Team will offer guided deer hunts at Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys. The hunts are for youth 12 years and older who have not harvested a deer. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or mentor who, ideally, doesn't have deer hunting experience. The hunt will take place from blinds in mornings or afternoons during the rifle season. Experienced Westar Energy employees will serve as volunteer guides.
Antlerless deer harvest is encouraged (and only antlerless deer are legal during the January season). Youth will need a deer permit, but a hunter education certificate is not required if the youth is 15 or younger. Youth are encouraged to bring their own rifles, but rifles will be provided if needed.
A pre-hunt seminar covering safety, deer biology, and orientation to the area will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19. Rifles can be sighted in then, and guides will be available to answer questions.
Deer are abundant in this area, and success rates are always high. A permit valid in Unit 9 is required for every hunter, but a hunting license is only required for hunters 16 or older. Hunters 16 and older must also have completed a hunter education course. Applications for this hunt will be accepted through Nov. 4, with hunters notified by Nov. 7.