April 02, 2010
WATERBURY, VT – Hunt turkeys -- don’t be one! Get your son or daughter to a hunter education class now, so they don’t miss the youth turkey hunting weekend on April 24th and 25th.
Vermont’s youth turkey hunting season is held on the weekend before the May 1st opener. Anyone under 16 years of age may take one bearded turkey during the youth turkey hunting weekend. It’s a great way to introduce a youngster to hunting, but there’s a catch. The youth must have successfully completed a hunter education course first before they can purchase a hunting license and a turkey license, and obtain the free youth turkey weekend tag.
“Because of the reduced pressure, a positive experience is assured, regardless of whether or not a bird is shot,” said Chris Saunders, hunter education coordinator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “However, would-be hunters still need to complete a hunter education course. That way, there will always be safe, skilled and responsible hunters in Vermont’s woods.”
In order to help kids and parents with busy schedules, the department and its 350 volunteer instructors have made an extra effort to schedule last chance hunter education courses in April throughout the state, including Northfield, St. Johnsbury and Castleton. But don’t procrastinate. Classes fill up fast. For more information, go to: www.vtfishandwildlife.com/HE_Courses.cfm.
Besides turkey hunting safety, the course covers safe firearms handling, hunter responsibility, conservation, wildlife identification, outdoor safety, muzzleloading and survival. The courses are taught by trained, certified volunteer instructors who follow national guidelines and state standards.
The youth turkey hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may guide two youths at one time. Like the regular season, hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to noon. Landowner permission is required to hunt on all private land during youth turkey hunting weekend even if the land is not posted. So after you’ve signed up for a class, start knocking on doors.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: April 02, 2010 08:17:06