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2017 Schedule

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Turkey Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt

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The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Turkey Hunting Seminar and Mentored Hunt is designed for adult women who are new to turkey hunting and want to learn more about it. New women participants may apply for just the turkey hunting seminar or both the seminar and guided hunt. First-time participants must attend the seminar. Returning participants are strongly encouraged to apply for both the seminar and hunt. All participants must have completed hunter education, have a hunting license and a Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry to participate.

Part One: Turkey Hunting Seminar

Who: Adult women
When: March 25, 2017
Where: Shirley Rod and Gun Club
What: Learn about the lives and habits of Eastern Wild Turkeys. The seminar will focus on gun handling, turkey calling and hunting strategies.

Part Two: Guided Turkey Hunt

Who: Adult women who possess a 2017 MA hunting or sporting license, valid MA gun license, and shotgun with appropriate ammunition.
When: May 1, 2017
Where: Fort Devens
What: Spend a day turkey hunting with an experienced hunter as your guide and mentor.

Space is limited. To be considered for this program, please complete the online application by Monday, February 27th. Preference will be given to new participants. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. You will be contacted by e-mail no later than Friday, March 3rd regarding whether or not you were selected for the program.


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Fly Tying for Outdoorswomen
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two successful turkey hunters with their birds and their guide

Turkey Hunting Seminar and Guided Hunt
This is a 2-part program consisting of a 1-day seminar and a 1-day turkey hunt. This program is especially designed for the beginning adult female hunter (18 and older). Photographers and others interested in turkeys will also learn ways to find and view the state's official game bird. Participants may choose to take part in one session or both. For the Seminar, no previous hunting experience is required. Turkey Hunt participants are required to take the Seminar segment if they want to participate in the Hunt. Turkey Hunt participants must also have a valid FID or LTC, shotgun, valid MA 2012 hunting license, and turkey permit.

Women in the Outdoors Event (WITO)

Organized by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Massachusetts Chapter and sponsored in part by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, WITO is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women aged 13 and up and includes both hunting and non-hunting activities. WITO will feature over 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities, perfect for beginners. Space is limited and registration is required.