National JAKES Essay Contest

Through a partnership formed in 2000 between the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt, one youth from anywhere in the United States has a chance to be a celebrity hunter each year.  The winner of the JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) national essay contest will visit Kansas to experience the hunt of a lifetime.

2018 JAKES Essay Winner


2016 JAKES Essay Winner


Kansas Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt is an 501(c)(3), non profit organization. Program and Corporate sponsorships available

Kansas Governor’s
One Shot Turkey Hunt

Our mission is to provide a wild turkey hunting experience which promotes hunting heritage, education and the great Kansas outdoors. 

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2017JAKES Essay Winner


Draysen Hatch of San Tan Valley, AZ

2019 JAKES Essay Winner

Bethany Gilbert of Martinsville, VA

2020 National JAKES Essay Winnerng

Kaleb Davis of Winchester, TN

McKenzie Deal of Winfield, KS

Sydney Wooldridge of Flagstaff, AZ