Kids and their families are invited to learn how to hunt wild turkeys, under the guidance of experts, the weekend of April 15-17. There are three separate camps, located near Alpine, Payson and Flagstaff.
The camps are free to young hunters and their families and offer a fun-filled weekend of adventure in the outdoors. On hand will be experienced hunters, Game and Fish biologists, and plenty of food.
Activities that will be offered at all the camps include:
"Hunting strutting turkeys in the spring season is incredibly exciting, and is probably one of the best ways to introduce a youngster to big game hunting," said Brian Wakeling, chief of game management with the department.
The camps are located at:
To see photos and videos from last year’s hunt, visit the Game and Fish Department’s Facebook events page at www.facebook.com/azgafd?sk=events .
The juniors-only nonpermit-tag season for bearded turkey runs from April 15–21. The season reopens from May 6-19 coinciding with the general season to allow families with multiple tags to hunt together. Open areas are limited to Units 1, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6B (except Camp Navajo), 7, 8, 10, 12A and 27. Junior hunters must be between 10-17 years old, and kids younger than 14 are required to complete a certified hunter education course prior to the hunt. The cost of a nonpermit-tag is $10. In addition to the turkey tag, young hunters are required to have a 2011 general hunting license. Both are available at Game and Fish offices or license dealers statewide.
These camps are made possible thanks to many participating conservation organizations dedicated to passing on the hunting tradition to the next generation, including Arizona Bow Hunters Association, Arizona Deer Association, Arizona Elk Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Outdoor Experience 4 All, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Youth Outdoors Unlimited. Without their dedication, time, money and resources, these camps would not be possible.
Turkey hunters are reminded that winter weather is variable and road closures may exist in some high-elevation areas. Furthermore, weather conditions in Arizona’s high country during this time of year change quickly and hunters should prepare for freezing temperatures, snow, rain and/or sunshine – so dress and pack accordingly.