Youth Hunting Hunting News

Missouri Offers Youth Turkey Hunting Clinic

Hunters age 9 through 15 who want to learn about turkey hunting can register for a youth turkey hunting clinic April 2.

The clinic is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Everhart's Wilderness Lodge. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge, which is northwest of Clinton.

Iowa Hunter Education Courses Offered Before Turkey Season

A number of hunter education courses are scheduled across the state over the next few weeks for prospective turkey hunters to become certified in time for the spring season.

Iowa hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 are required to successfully complete a certified hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license. Hunter education courses are open to students 12 years old and older. Students who are 11 years old may take the course, but the certificate of completion will become valid on their 12th birthday.

Pennsylvania Hunter/Trapper Education Courses Filling Up

With the junior spring gobbler season set for April 23, and the general spring gobbler season opening on April 30, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe is reminding all first-time license buyers to make plans to attend a Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) course now.

Florida Youth Turkey Hunts on Private Land

Beginning this spring turkey season, young hunters can take advantage of a special two-day youth turkey hunt on private lands the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone. In Zone A (the southern portion of Florida, south of State Road 70), this youth turkey hunting weekend is Feb. 26-27. In the remainder of the state, this special youth hunt is March 12-13. The youth turkey hunt applies only to private property, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area, the Kissimmee River Public Use Area and Lake Monroe WMA.

California Special Spring Turkey Hunts

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is accepting applications for spring wild turkey hunts, including several for youth hunters and mobility impaired hunters. Three such weekends of hunting are being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Mendocino, in cooperation with DFG’s Northern Region and Game Bird Heritage Program. Several hunting opportunities are designed for a hunter to share his or her hunting experience with a guest.

Florida Youth Have Chance at Turkey Hunt on Babcock Ranch Preserve

Ten lucky youngsters will be chosen for each of the two quail hunts and each of the two spring turkey hunts on the 16,612-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County. All hunters will be chosen by random drawing. All hunts are Saturday-Sunday and will be guided.

To be eligible for these hunts, applicants must be at least 12 years old by the first day of the hunt and under 16 years of age on the last day of the hunt for which they apply. Also, all youths must have passed a state-certified hunter safety course.

Tennessee Youth Small Game Hunt - Feb 12th

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be one of the hosts for the Second Annual Maury County Youth Small Game Hunt to be held Feb. 12.

The event is for youth from ages 9-15. Participants must have a TWRA Hunter Education certificate and appropriate licenses. Hunters must also provide their own firearm and ammunition.

Along with the TWRA, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and Columbia Noon Rotary Club will host the hunt. The Columbia National Guard Armory will serve as the event’s headquarters.

Montana Hunter Education Spring Course Schedule Available

Online registration is open for seven hunter education classes scheduled for this spring in Yellowstone County. Students may register on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website anytime until a week before the classes start. Registration also will be available at the schools on specific days before the classes start.

Here is a schedule of the class, registration and field day dates and times:

Utah Seeking Archery and Trapping Instructors

Young trappers and archery hunters in Utah can receive more training than ever before.

In addition to the hunter education course the state has offered for decades, two fairly new courses—furharvester education and bowhunter education—are also available.

But the Division of Wildlife Resources has run into a challenge in offering these classes to people across the state—a lack of trained volunteer instructors to teach them.

Alabama to Hold Youth Trapper Education Courses

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold four youth trapper education workshops between December 2010 and February 2011, with more to be scheduled during the 2011-12 trapping season. Each of the two-and-a-half-day events is free to participants, and classes are limited to 25 students per workshop. Youth need to be at least 6 years old to participate. Youth under age 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Call the Northport office at 205-339-5716 to register.