Rhode Island to Host Wild Turkey Seminar

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The Department of Environmental Management announces that its Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Rhode Island state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will co-sponsor a wild turkey seminar and hunter clinic on Saturday, February 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coventry Community Center, 1277 Main Street (Flat River Road) in Coventry. The seminar is designed to educate Rhode Island's wild turkey hunters of all ages and experience in methods that will lead to a safe and successful turkey-hunting season. A registration fee of $5 per person will be charged at the door.

The seminar will offer many topics to assist hunters in learning successful techniques, stressing safe and ethical approaches to turkey hunting. Topics will include the use of various types of turkey calls, how to locate birds, and how to scout hunting areas.

Joe Judd of Quaker Boy Game Calls of Shelburne, MA will be the featured speaker. Brian Tefft of DEM will present information about Rhode Island's wild turkey population and discuss predictions for the upcoming 2007 turkey seasons.

Members of the state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be on hand to promote chapter activities and fundraising efforts they conduct to benefit wild turkey. Staff from the Northeast Big Buck Club will be available to measure and score buck deer taken during Rhode Island's deer hunting season. Other participants will include representatives from the United Bowhunters of Rhode Island and staff from the RIHunts website.

For more information about the seminar, or to pre-register, call DEM's Great Swamp Field Headquarters at 789-0281.