From New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
-- During the 2011 youth weekend, New Hampshire young hunters took an impressive 521 turkeys or 14.2 percent of the total spring turkey harvest in the state. Youth will have another chance at that April 28 and 29, the weekend before this year’s spring gobbler season gets underway.
To participate in the special youth weekend turkey hunt, hunters must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. Youth hunters do not need a hunting license, but they must have a valid turkey permit, $16 resident or $31 nonresident.
Accompanying adults must hold either a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license and a turkey permit.
For more information or for a link to online license and permit sales, go to http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm.
The special weekend provides youth and mentoring adults a quiet, noncompetitive time in the woods, where they can focus on safety, ethics, hunting methods and natural science.
“Nothing generates more compliments, letters of thanks and photographs of proud parents and beaming kids, than our youth turkey weekend,” said Mark Ellingwood, wildlife programs administrator.
“We take great pride and satisfaction in providing young people and mentoring adults with the opportunity to learn safe hunting practices and to put lean, healthy, natural food on their family table.”