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The Next Step for Young Adults Interested in Turkey Hunting
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The Massachusetts Young Adult Turkey Hunting Program is a partnership program between the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (MA NWTF), and participating Sportsmen's Clubs. The program is designed to provide hunters ages 12-17 an opportunity to

  1. Participate in a field workshop that provides specialized training in turkey hunting and safety, including firearms instruction and practice
  2. Hunt wild turkey under the supervision and guidance of a safe, experienced adult hunter serving as a mentor on a special day set aside just for young adults.

All participants must have a valid hunter education certificate prior to enrolling in the Program. Safety is first and foremost to the success of the Program. Hunter education course schedule.

Interested in participating?

Below are the 2015 participating clubs and dates. To register for the program fill out the youth participant form pdf format of New YATH Participant Registration Form
 and send it to: Astrid Huseby at or Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife: Attn Youth Hunting Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd, Westborough, MA 01581.

The program is run by participating sportsmen's clubs with guidance and support from the MassWildlife and the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Hunter safety is emphasized in all aspects of the program to help build the confidence of young hunters so they may feel comfortable hunting alone or with others in the field. This program is more than just a day in the field hunting turkey; it is a comprehensive recreational program that includes two parts:

Part One - Pre-hunt Workshop

This part of the program is designed to provide young hunters with specialized training and instruction relative to turkey hunting as well as reinforcing what they learned in the MA Hunter Education Program. The pre-hunt workshop is like a "dress rehearsal" for the actual turkey hunt. Young hunters will have the opportunity to practice all aspects of a safe hunt in the pre-hunt workshop which is held a week or two before the actual turkey hunt.

The workshop consists of field exercises simulating real turkey hunting conditions and scenarios as well as giving youth an opportunity to practice and develop their shooting skills. By getting outdoors and practicing in the field, young hunters will learn where and how to properly set up, how to call birds, determine safe zones of fire, and understand shoot/don't shoot scenarios (properly identifying your target, always being aware of obstacles and sighting past your target). In addition, the appropriate clothing and gear necessary for a safe and productive turkey hunting experience will be discussed and demonstrated during the field exercises. Hunting regulations and ethics will be discussed throughout the various activities of the workshop.

Part Two - A One Day Mentored Young Adult Turkey Hunt

Only young hunters who successfully complete the first two parts of the program will be eligible to receive a permit to hunt wild turkey under the supervision and guidance of a safe, experienced adult hunter serving as a mentor on a special day set aside just for young adults. It is an opportunity to experience the excitement of calling a bird, hearing a bird return the call and the opportunity take a wild turkey. The Special Young Adult Turkey Hunt Day is the Saturday prior to the last Monday in April.

2015 Participating Clubs

Below is a list of clubs that will be conducting a Youth Turkey Hunt. Note: Seminars will be held between March 21 and April 18, some clubs have not yet confirmed a seminar date. Locate the club nearest you and contact Astrid Huseby at (508) 389-6305 or to learn more about individual clubs and to register.

Western District

ClubLocationDate of the Workshop
East Mountain Sportsmen ClubWilliamstown MAApril 11, 2015
Cheshire Rod & Gun ClubCheshireNot yet confirmed
Lee Sportsmen’s ClubLeeNot yet confirmed
Stockbridge Sportsmen’s ClubStockbridgeNot yet confirmed
Worthington Rod and Gun ClubWorthingtonApril 11, 2015

Connecticut Valley District

ClubLocationDate of Workshop
Conway Sportmen’s ClubConwayApril 4, 2015

Central District

ClubLocationDate of the Workshop
Barre Sportsmens ClubBarreMarch 28, 2015
Fitchburg Sportsmens ClubAshburnhamNot yet confirmed
Norco Sportsmans ClubPrincetonApril 11, 2015
North Brookfield Sportsmens ClubNorth BrookfieldApril 11, 2015

Northeast District

ClubLocationDate of the Workshop
Essex County Sportsman’s AssociationSalisburyNot yet confirmed

Southeast District

ClubLocationDate of the Workshop
Falmouth Rod and Gun ClubFalmouthMarch 21, 2015
Carver Sportsmen’s ClubCarverNot yet confirmed

Who can participate?

Young women and men ages 12-17 who have successfully completed the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program are eligible to participate in the program.

If hunting with a shotgun, a Firearms Identification Card (FID) and hunting license are required for all young adults between the ages of 15-17. An FID Card is not required of 15-17 year olds who are hunting with archery equipment and most types of blackpowder guns and ammunition. Young adults 12-14 years of age do not need a hunting license or FID card.

Are There Fees To Participate In the Program?

No. However, clubs may charge a nominal fee to cover costs for such things as lunch/refreshments, targets, ammunition, etc.