Edgefield, SC -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Wild Turkey Federation is encouraging youth under the age of 15 to participate in Vermont’s youth turkey hunt weekend,April 23-24.
“This is a great opportunity for kids to get out in the woods ahead of the regular hunting season and learn how to successfully and safely hunt turkeys,” said Brett Ladeau, state chapter president for NWTF Vermont. “It also is an important time for family and friends to pass along the hunting traditions they cherish to ensure our hunting heritage carries on with the next generation.”
Last year, youth hunters harvested 510 bearded turkeys during the youth hunt weekend. The youth-only hunt typically occurs the weekend before the opening of spring turkey hunting season.
“About one out of every four youth hunters harvests a bird on this special weekend just for them, and I expect this year will be no different,” said Amy Alfieri, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Turkey Project Leader.
To be eligible, youth must be 15 or under, have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess all applicable hunting licenses – Vermont hunting license, turkey hunting license and a free youth turkey hunting tag. Also, youth must be accompanied by an unarmed adult who holds a hunting license and is over 18 years of age.
Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to noon. Youth may take one bearded turkey during youth weekend and two bearded turkeys in the regular May hunting season. Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land during youth turkey hunting weekend.
Vermont NWTF chapters host several turkey hunting workshops and mentored youth hunts every year, as well as other events designed to introduce youth to the outdoors.
For information about the upcoming youth turkey-hunting weekend, contact Amy Alfieri at (802) 828-1000.
If you would like to participate in upcoming VT NWTF events, contact Brett Ladeau at (802) 436-1811.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.:
The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
About the NWTF:
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.
To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.