Wild Turkey Expo Set for Feb. 28

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The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), in cooperation with Wilderness Unlimited (WU) and the National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor the seventh annual Wild Turkey Expo. The turkey-hunting seminar will be on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA.

The free event, which has drawn capacity crowds, will provide comprehensive information on wild turkey biology and hunting, with a strong focus on hunting turkeys on public land. Topics include locating the birds, where to hunt turkeys on public land, calling, turkey habits, camouflage, the use of shotguns and archery equipment, cooking that bird, and equipment demonstrations. Kittles Outdoors and Sports Co. will be on hand to demonstrate the latest equipment, clothing and everything needed for turkey hunting. Other like-minded organizations will share information about other hunting opportunities.

Outdoors writer and veteran turkey hunter Terry Knight will be a featured speaker at the event and will instruct how to use turkey calls, decoys, archery and shotgun hunting techniques, and camouflage methods. Knight has served as the president of the California State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and operated a successful turkey guiding business for more than 11 years. He annually conducts several training seminars on hunting wild turkeys throughout Northern California.

Other highlights at the Expo include:

Dan Stahlman, an expert turkey hunter and gunsmith will discuss shotgun selection, patterning, and the proper loads to use.

Back by popular demand, Ron Sneed will conduct a seminar on archery hunting for turkeys. In addition, champion turkey caller Bruce Wurth, owner of the turkey call manufacturer American Friction, will be on hand to demonstrate his award-winning calls. A question and answer period will follow.

DFG's wild turkey biologist Scott Gardner will offer insight on the habitat of wild turkeys. In addition to Gardner, other DFG personnel will be available to answer questions.

The seminar is free and open to the public. A $5 donation covers the cost for lunch. For more information, contact Susan Herrgesell, DFG Program Coordinator, (916) 653-7448 or sherrges@dfg.ca.gov. Contact Terry Knight at (707) 263-1699 or at tlknight@pacific.net.