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NH youth turkey hunt weekend April 30-May 1

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- New Hampshire’s seventh annual youth turkey hunt  April 30 and May 1 takes place the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway.

During the 2010 youth weekend, young hunters took an impressive 541 turkeys which was 14.7 percent of the total spring turkey harvest in the state. 

To participate, youth 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, which costs $16 for residents and $31 for nonresidents.

Accompanying adults must hold a current New Hampshire hunting or archery license and a turkey permit. 

For more information on turkey hunting and online license and permit sales visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_turkey.htm. 

Fish and Game urges all turkey hunters to memorize ten safety guidelines before going into the field:

1. Never stalk a turkey
2. Never wear red, white, blue or black over or under clothing.   
3. Never call from a tree thinner than the width of your shoulders. 

4. Never jump or turn suddenly in response to a suspected turkey. 

5. Never call from a site where you can’t see at least 40 yards in all directions.
6. Never imitate a gobbler call while concealed in a stand. 

7. Never presume what you hear or what responds to your call is a turkey. 

8. Never think your camouflage makes you invisible. To ID yourself to other hunters, wrap an orange band around the tree nearest you.
9. Never hide so well you can’t see what’s happening around you.
10. Never move or wave to alert approaching hunters. Shout “stop” instead. 

Hunter education is not required for youth hunters under age 16. Youth are encouraged to complete the hunter education course between the age of 12 and their 16th birthday.

Many hunter and bowhunter education classes are available in April. For more information, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed.htm.

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