REGION – Youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the fifth annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt, April 29-30. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is open to any licensed hunter under the age of 16. Interested youth hunters are required to submit a completed application along with a letter explaining why they would like to participate in the governor’s event. Applications are available at vtfishandwildlife.com and must be submitted by April 8.
Youth hunters for the governor’s hunt will be treated to a luncheon on Sunday, April 23, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where they will take part in a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont. Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter will be in attendance for the event.
“I’d encourage young hunters to participate in this event to give turkey hunting a try,” said Governor Scott. “Hunting is an important tradition in Vermont that brings people close to the land and to their food. Youth hunters are crucial to help carry on this tradition and pass it to the next generation.”
The Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt coincides with this year’s Jakes Day, an annual youth turkey hunting event held by the NWTF to educate youth about wildlife conservation and stewardship of Vermont’s natural resources. Previous hunting experience is not required to participate in Jakes Day, and each youth hunter will be provided with a NWTF guide. “This hunt is a safe and fun opportunity for kids to try turkey hunting under the supervision of a guide and mentor,” said NWTF Vermont Chapter President Brett Ladeau.
For more information, contact Brett Ladeau, NWTF, 802-291-1822, or Amy Alfieri, Fish & Wildlife Dept, 802-759-2398.