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April 5, 2007

Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend Is April 28-29, 2007

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's 2007 youth turkey hunt will take place April 28-29, 2007, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3. This year marks the fourth annual youth turkey hunt weekend in New Hampshire. During the 2006 youth weekend, 438 turkeys were taken, or 12.3% of the total spring turkey harvest.

To participate in the special weekend hunt, youth hunters must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. Youth hunters do not need a hunting license, but they must have a $6 turkey permit. Click here for online license and permit sales, or visit your friendly local license agent.

Youth also can get out and hunt during the regular spring gobbler season (May 3-31), when accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older (a valid turkey permit is required). The special youth weekend provides youth and mentoring adults a quiet, noncompetitive time in the woods where and when they can focus on safety, ethics, hunting methods and natural science. For more details on youth hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

"We take great pride and satisfaction in providing young people and mentoring adults with the opportunity to learn safe hunting practices, to put lean, healthy, organic food on their family table, and to enjoy the spellbinding wonders of wild turkeys and New Hampshire's beautiful spring woodlands," said Mark Ellingwood, wildlife programs administrator for Fish and Game. "Youth weekend is a great opportunity for a parent and child to spend time together without the distraction of cell phones, DVD players, computers and speeding traffic. It's an adventure to pit your skills and knowledge against a million years of evolved turkey wariness and it's a sure-fire way to build bonds that will last a lifetime."

Hunter education is not required for youth hunters under age 16, but youth are enouraged to complete the hunter education course between the age of 12 and their 16th birthday. Click here for a list of available hunter education courses, posted on the Fish and Game website. Hunter education classes are made possible by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program.

Fish and Game urges all turkey hunters, including youth, to memorize the following list of ten safety guidelines before going out in the field:

1. Never stalk a turkey. It rarely works and increases the risk of an accident.
2. Never wear red, white, blue or black over or under-clothing, as these are prominent colors of displaying gobblers.
3. Never call from a tree that is thinner than the width of your shoulders.
4. Never jump or turn suddenly in response to a suspected turkey.
5. Never call from a site where you can't see at least 40 yards in all directions.
6. Never imitate a gobbler call while concealed in a stand.
7. Never presume that what you hear or what responds to your call is a turkey.
8. Never think that your camouflage makes you totally invisible. To ID yourself to other hunters, wrap an orange band around the tree nearest you.
9. Never hide so well that you can't see what's happening around you.
10. Never move or wave to alert approaching hunters; shout "stop" instead.

For more information on turkey hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

For first-hand accounts by fathers who took their sons hunting on youth turkey weekend, click here and on the article title "Turkey Tales" (March-April 2005 N.H. Wildlife Journal) magazine feature.

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