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Q. What do clubs teach and do we need to follow a curriculum?

Q. Who can participate?

Q. Who can be a mentor?

Q. What does our club have to do to participate?

Q. What paperwork is needed to participate?

Q. What is the timeline for preparing for the youth turkey mentor hunt?

Q. How do we obtain safety kits for each youth and what is included in the safety kit?

Q. What turkey tags are used during this hunt?

Q. Where do we take the youths hunting?

Q. How many youth can I mentor at a time?

 

Q. What do clubs teach and do we need to follow a curriculum?

A. The is available to each club on the MassWildlife website and provides a standard curriculum for all participating clubs to follow. As long as you follow the guidelines, your club can add different events to the hunt. We encourage your club to go above and beyond our suggestions of including meals, raffles, scouting days, and dressing of game.

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Q. Who can participate?

A. Any youth from the age of 12-14 who has passed a hunter education course and any youth from the age of 15-17 who has passed a hunter education course, has a valid Firearms Identification Card (FID), has purchased a hunting license, and has a turkey permit.

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Q. Who can be a mentor?

A. Any adult over the age of 18 who holds a current Massachusetts hunting license and has a turkey permit for the current year. Please encourage parents and relatives to participate.

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Q. What does our club have to do to participate?

A. Your club will need to appoint a minimum five person team to take on the coordination of this hunt.

  1. First team member will be the designated instructor during the pre-hunt workshop.
  2. Second team member will coordinate all of the mentors for the hunt and volunteers for the range use during the pre-hunt workshop.
  3. Third team member will coordinate all forms and participant sign in.
  4. Fourth team member, if your club is able, will coordinate a breakfast and/or end of hunt BBQ.
  5. Fifth team member will be coordinating the safe handling of firearms to and from the shooting range, and also in securing enough firearms for each participant to use if the participant does not own a shotgun.

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Q. What paperwork is needed to participate?

A. The following legal forms (located in the appendix section of the youth turkey hunting guide and as separate files online) must be properly completed and returned to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in West Boylston. These forms may not be modified, must be originals and be completely filled out:

  1.   Release and Waiver Form pdf format of YATH Club Release Form
(requires notarization)
  2. Parental/Legal Guardian Consent and Indemnification Form pdf format of YATH Parental Consent Form

  3. Youth Registration Form pdf format of New YATH Participant Registration Form
  4. Certification of Successful Training Completion pdf format of YATH Certificate of Completion

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Q. What is the timeline for preparing for the youth turkey mentor hunt?

A. The timeline is as follows:

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Q. How do we obtain safety kits for each youth and what is included in the safety kit?

A. DFW and MA National Wild Turkey Federation will be donating all hunter safety kits. The safety kits will include;, ear plugs, eye protection, , and NWTF hunt safely stickers. Please fill out the request for youth turkey hunting kits form pdf format of YATH Club Safety Kit Request
and return to DFW. The safety kits can then be picked up at your closest DFW District Office.

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Q. What turkey tags are used during this hunt?

A. All youths ages 12-17 must have completed a basic hunter education course and have, in their possession, a permit issued by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to participate in the youth hunt. Youths aged 12-14 will be provided with two spring tags, which are valid for the date of the youth hunt and the regular spring turkey season. Youths aged 15-17 must possess a hunting or sporting license and a standard Massachusetts turkey hunting permit in addition to a “Youth Turkey Completion Certificate” on their Turkey permit.

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Q. Where do we take the youths hunting?

A. Mentors can take the youth participants any places open to hunting. Mentors must follow local bylaws, and all state hunting regulations. Please consider taking the youths to one of your favorite turkey hunting spots.

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Q. How many youth can I mentor at a time?

A. Only one youth per adult. You may have more then one adult mentor for each youth.

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