From Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Turkey hunting is challenging for veterans, but it can be especially tough for those who are brand new to the sport.
Novice hunters interested in learning the basics of one of the fastest-growing hunting activities in the country, can attend a free seminar, Turkey Hunting 101 at the Hunter Education Building at the Northwest Region Service Center, Grand Junction, March 28 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The seminar is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The presentation will be light on jargon and heavy on practical advice, so everyone will feel comfortable asking questions about turkey biology and hunting tactics.
"It is an excellent opportunity for new hunters to meet other enthusiasts and gain the confidence to head out and experience a successful hunt," said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, turkey hunting has increased at a rate double that of the country's population since 1991 and has attracted many new hunters to the sport, including an increasing number of women.
Seminar topics include the basics of turkey calling, field tactics, firearms, local turkey populations and tips for hunting on public land.
"Turkey hunters are a close, tight-knit group and these long-time hunters are eager to share their knowledge with those just getting into the sport," said Tadvick, who is also a Western Slope Committee Member for the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Space is limited. For more information and to make reservations, call (970) 255-6100.