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DNR, NWTF mentored youth turkey applications due Feb. 13

From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- First-time youth turkey hunters ages 12 to 17 have the chance to go afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer.

Applications, maps and general information for the wild turkey hunt are now available online at

The application deadline is Feb. 13. Participants will be selected through a random lottery.

"Rookie turkey hunters and their guardian will learn life-long outdoor skills and how to be a responsible hunter," said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator. "The outdoor coaches of the NWTF are helping create the next generation of hunters."

This is the 10th consecutive year DNR and NWTF have cooperated to provide opportunities for first-time youth turkey hunters. More than 1,500 youth have been introduced to the unique hunting experience since spring youth turkey hunts began in 2002.

Most hunts will occur April 21 and 22, the first weekend of the regular wild turkey season. Nearly all youth will hunt on private land thanks to the generosity of private landowners and the NWTF volunteers who obtained permission.

To be eligible, a youth hunter must be age 12 to 17 on or before April 21, have a valid firearms safety certificate and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The program is for first-time turkey hunters only.

Any youth who has purchased or been selected by lottery for any type Minnesota turkey license is not eligible.

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