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April 20, 2011

Turkey Hunting Starts Saturday

Turkey hunting starts in Vermont this weekend, April 23 and 24, with Youth Turkey Season. The youth hunt is held the Saturday and Sunday before the regular May 1-31 spring turkey season.

Landowner permission is required to hunt on private land during the youth hunt, whether or not the land is posted. To be eligible, a youth must be age 15 or under. The youth must have successfully completed a hunter education course and possess a hunting license, a turkey hunting license and a free youth turkey hunting tag. The youth also must be accompanied by, and in direct control and supervision of, an unarmed adult who holds a hunting license and is over 18 years of age. The adult must be able to see and communicate with the youth without using artificial devices such as radios or binoculars.

The youth may take one bearded turkey during youth weekend and two bearded turkeys in the regular May hunting season. A shotgun or bow and arrow may be used in the youth turkey or regular spring turkey hunting seasons. Shot size must be no larger than #2 and no smaller than #8. Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to 12:00 Noon during both spring turkey seasons.

Youth turkey season has grown steadily in popularity. Last year, a record 2,641 youth turkey permits were issued.

To find out more about turkey hunting in Vermont, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department by telephone at 802-241-3700 or go to their website ( Licenses are available on the website and at more than 300 agents statewide.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 20, 2011 09:20:43