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Young Adult Turkey Hunt program

Know someone that wants to learn how to hunt? The Young Adult Turkey Hunt program is a great, safe way to introduce youth to the world of hunting. Below are the requirements that must be completed prior to the hunt.
2018 Youth Turkey Hunt Date: April 28


The Details

What you need

Requirements to participate in the Program:

  • Between the ages of 12 to 17
  • Have completed Basic Hunter Education before the day of the hunt.
  • Have completed the Youth Turkey Class.
  • Participants at least 15 years old or older who wish to use a shotgun must have a Firearms Identification Card (FID).

New participants must:

  1. Send in the New Participant Application form
  2. Complete a MassWildlife Youth Turkey Class (Dates and locations are below)
  3. Add a Youth Turkey Permit (if you're 12-14) or a Youth Turkey Authorization (if you're 15-17)

Returning participants ages 12-14 must:

Returning participants ages 15-17 must:

  1. Purchase a hunting license and turkey permit
  2. Add the Youth Turkey Authorization 15-17 to your permit. Click here for instructions.


Requirements needed for the day of the hunt:

Ages 12 to 14:

  • Youth Turkey Permit
  • Must be accompanied with a licensed adult, the participant will be hunting off their license and FID/LTC card.

Ages 15 to 17:

  • Minor hunting license (you must purchase this at a license vendor, it is not available online)
  • Regular Turkey Permit
  • Youth Turkey Authorization Ages 15-17
  • FID card if hunting with a shotgun

Upon completing the Youth Turkey Seminar, a special authorization will be granted to your customer profile on MassFishHunt so you can purchase a Youth Turkey Permit (ages 12-14) or a Youth Turkey Authorization Ages 15-17 certificate. It takes approximately 1-2 weeks after the seminar to get this authorization. If you are a past participant, it is available now, please read the instructions on how to obtain it online. You will not be mailed a certificate. 

How to apply

New participants must fill out the New Participant Application. Once completed, send it to or mail to:

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Rd
Westborough, MA 01581


Returning participants ages 12-14 must:

Returning participants ages 15-17 must:

  1. Purchase a hunting license and turkey permit
  2. Add the Youth Turkey Authorization 15-17 to your permit. Click here for instructions.

More info

2018 Participating Clubs

Below is a list of clubs that will be conducting a Youth Turkey Hunt. Note: Seminars will be held between March 19 and April 16, 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.



Date of the Workshop

Barre Sportsmens Club


Saturday, March 24th
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Carver Sportsmen’s Club


Saturday, March 24th
8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club



Conway Sportmen’s Club


Saturday, April 14th
8 a.m.–3 p.m.

East Mountain Sportsmen Club



Essex County
Sportsman’s Association



Falmouth Rod and Gun Club


Saturday, March 31st

Fitchburg Sportsmens Club


Saturday, April 7th
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lee Sportsmen’s Club



Marlborough Fish and Game



Nimrod League of Holden



Norco Sportsman's Club


Saturday, April 7th

North Brookfield Sportsmen's Club

North Brookfield

Saturday, April 7th

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club


Sunday, April 8th

Worthington Rod and Gun Club


Saturday, April 7th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wrentham Sportsmen’s

Plainville Sunday, April 15th
9 a.m.–2 p.m.

More information 

  • The Massachusetts Young Adult Turkey Hunting Program is a two-part workshop. It teaches young adults proper hunter safety and techniques. Hunters ages 12 to 17 will get to hunt wild turkey under supervision of an experienced adult hunter. MassWildlife, the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (MA NWTF), and participating Sportsmen's Clubs run the programThe workshop teaches young hunters specialized training and instruction for turkey hunting. This workshop is a dress rehearsal for the actual turkey hunt.
  • Young hunters who completed the pre-hunt workshop will have an opportunity to hunt wild turkey with an experienced adult hunter. The hunt occurs the Saturday before the last Monday in April.
  • The youth turkey permit for youth ages 12-14 is good not only for the youth day, but also for the regular spring season
  • You do not need to be a member of a club to participant in the seminar and hunt, it is open to anyone.
  • Hunting mentors are adults with a current state hunting license and a turkey permit for the current year. We encourage parents/guardians to take part in the hunt if they can. Legal guardians can involve themselves as much as possible, even if that means sitting in during the workshop.
  • If a young adult taking part in a pre-hunt workshop in a prior year, they do not have to attend it again. They can take part in only the hunt. In this case, young adults must mail MassWildlife Field Headquarters to get their turkey permit for the current year.
  • Clubs may charge a fee to cover costs for lunch, refreshments, targets, ammunition, etc.




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