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OutdoorMN News - DNR offers opportunities to learn how to hunt turkeys this spring

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Youth and adults can learn to hunt turkeys this April with experienced volunteers who will cover safe hunting techniques, how to call-in turkeys, hunting tactics and field dressing a bird.

“We teach the skills and techniques that allow new turkey hunters to become lifelong hunters,” said Mike Kurre, learn-to-hunt program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This has been a successful program and as a bonus, we love hearing how former participants go full circle to teach others how to hunt.”

Participants can apply through Monday, Feb. 12. The hunts are Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, and provide opportunities to access locations that may otherwise be closed to hunting.

“We get volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation and this is the 16th year we’ve cooperated for these hunts,” Kurre said. “Over the years we’ve introduced more than 5,000 people to these hunting experiences. We also work with the Minnesota National Guard to get military adults and their families into turkey hunting.”

Details about how to apply and costs to participate are available at mndnr.gov/turkeyhunt.

A pre-hunt orientation is required and all participants will need to have a valid firearms safety certificate or its equivalent. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Overall participation in the hunts is restricted by the number of volunteers and private lands that are available. Anyone interested in providing turkey hunting land for the mentored youth hunts should contact the Keith Carlson, Save the Habitat Save the Hunt coordinator for the National Wild Turkey Federation in Minnesota at [email protected]

 

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Rick
      Mike89 is spot on. Explore that river. Walleyes and cats can be had.
    • Knowknot
      I have to agree with Mike89, lots of good spots to try.
    • eyeguy 54
      dang,  will be headed to mille lacs friday mid-afternoon so wont work. have fun guys! maybe can pop up Sunday with boat if needed if you are still there to look for some gills. 
    • eyeguy 54
      gotta love the sippi.
    • Mike89
      lots of river fishing, try where the Minnesota and Blue Earth come together.  go to the park down there and enjoy!!!
    • roony
      Shore fishing can be limited. Personally I would go to the fish hatchery on Lake Tetonka. There is a spot there that produces pretty well at times.   
    • ANYFISH2
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    • DonkeyHodey
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