Normally, 20 to 30 teams of hunters participate in Emporia's annual Hunt 4 Hunger. This year, the number was three -- so hunt organizers have called off the annual hunt and competition.
Club president Jamey Pettigrew tells KVOE News it's a major disappointment, but this shouldn't affect the club's future or its ongoing mission.
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Pettigrew says there was a lot of initial interest which simply didn't develop.
The club will meet perhaps as soon as Monday to discuss whether to have the annual banquet, which typically has been held on the hunt weekend but this year is tentatively set for Jan. 25.
Hunters are still encouraged to donate any meat they collect through this weekend so the Salvation Army can feed its clients. For more information, call Pettigrew at 794-4903 or go online to www.hunt4hunger.net.
Bowyer Hunter finishing Sunday
Meanwhile, the Clint Bowyer Youth Deer Management Hunt will come to a close Sunday after rough weather delayed the hunt, sending hunter and hunted to shelter.
Event organizer Dave Hollond says his guides and youth hunters are ready to go, having scouted areas where deer are present. A better weather forecast this weekend will also help with highs in the upper 40s Saturday and upper 50s Sunday.
After the hunt, the harvested deer will be turned into sausage, and distributed to residents at the Holiday Resorts. Currently the total stands at 8 deer harvested.
KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.