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MN mentored women's turkey applications due April 2

From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- Adult women who would like to become turkey hunters can go afield and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer during mentored hunts offered May 19 and 20 in Minnesota.

The program is for first-time turkey hunters only.

Women are encouraged to sign up with a friend or adult daughter for an educational adventure. Applications and general information for the wild turkey hunt can be found online at  www.mndnr.gov/discover.

The application deadline is midnight April 2. Participants will be selected through a random lottery if the program is oversubscribed.

The program is based on the successful mentored youth hunts where  more than 1,700 youth have been introduced to a unique, educational hunting experience in the past decade.  Women are one of the fasting growing segments in hunting.

Most hunts will occur May 19 and 20 at  several locations.

To be eligible, a female hunter must be 18 on or before May 19, have a valid firearms safety certificate, purchase an apprentice hunter validation or whose birth date is before Dec. 13, 1979.

Participants will be assigned a NWTF volunteer coach, who must accompany them throughout the entire hunt. Participation for hunts is only restricted by the number volunteers and private lands that are available.

For information about participating, NWTF members interested in providing a quality experience in turkey hunting, or who have hunting land can contact the NWTF  online at www.nwtf-mn.org.

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