Massachusetts Youth Turkey Hunting Program

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Young people ages 12-17 who want to try out turkey hunting can take the opportunity by contacting participating sportsmen's clubs in the Massachusetts Youth Turkey Hunting Program.

Now in its second year, the Youth Turkey Hunt (YTH) is a partnership program involving the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (MA NWTF) and participating sportsmen's clubs. The program is designed to provide young hunters ages 12-17 an opportunity to learn how to properly handle and shoot a shotgun for turkey hunting; participate in a field oriented pre-hunt workshop that provides specialized training in turkey hunting and safety, and hunt wild turkeys under the supervision and guidance of a safe, experienced adult hunter serving as a mentor on a special day set aside just for youth.

Some clubs have already scheduled pre-hunt workshop sessions for March. More information and a list of sporting clubs offering this program for the spring turkey hunt, http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/yath/yath_home.htm.