By Drew Switzer
Last night at the Topeka City Council meeting there was a vote taken on whether or not to allow a regulated hunting, with the use of firearms, in an area owned by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) but in the City Limits of Topeka. The city council denied this request but I have to say it is of my personal opinion that they were wrong in doing so. If I would have known this vote was taking place last night I would have certainly contacted my city council person and made sure they would vote in favor of this special hunt.
Here are the details. The KDWP wanted to give the opportunity to youth and a mentor to hunt in a 115 acre area located between I-70 and the Kansas River, between MacVicar and Topeka Blvd. You can clearly see this area on google maps. This area is no where near any homes and is hundreds of yards from the highway. These hunts would have been well regulated and the youth would have been monitored very closely by their adult mentors - safety would not have been a concern.
The KDWP saw an opportunity to get more youth involved in hunting by offering up property that would be easily accessible to people that may not have the opportunity to access other hunting opportunities in out of town areas. Basically this would have been a very convenient and safe way to offer mentorship opportunities and to get youth involved in a great activity that promotes and teaches safety, responsibility, integrity, and stewardship of our natural resources - among other valuable life lessons.
To me this was a win win opportunity and a great idea by the KDWP, and I am sad that the City Council decided to deny this opportunity to local youth in need of good mentorship.
What are your thoughts?