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 22

Contact

MassWildlife

Phone

8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F

The Details

What you need

Requirements to Participate in the Program:

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

New Participants Must:

  • Send in the New Participant Application form
  • Complete a MassWildlife Youth Turkey Class (Dates and locations are below)

Returning Participants Must:

  • Fill out the Past Participant Application form every year.

Requirements Needed for the Day of the Hunt:

Ages 12 to 14:

  • Youth Turkey Permit
  • Youth Turkey Completion Certificate*
  • 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 Completion Certificate*
  • FID card if hunting with a shotgun

*Upon completing the Youth Turkey Class, a completion certificate will be put in your MassFishHunt license inventory. It takes approximately 1-2 weeks to get the certificate in your inventory. If you are a past participant, it will be put in your license inventory after the past participant application is processed. You will not be mailed a certificate. 

 

How to apply

Fill out either the New Participant Application or the Past Participant Application. Once completed, send the forms to astrid.huseby@state.ma.us or mail to:

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Rd
Westborough, MA 01581

All past participants must fill out Past Participant Application every year.

More info

2017 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 astrid.huseby@state.ma.us to learn more about individual clubs and to register.

Club

Location

Date of the Workshop

Barre Sportsmens Club

Barre

 

Carver Sportsmen’s Club

Carver

 

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

Cheshire

 

Conway Sportmen’s Club

Conway

 

East Mountain Sportsmen Club

Williamstown

 

Essex County Sportsman’s Association

Salisbury

 

Falmouth Rod and Gun Club

Falmouth

 

Fitchburg Sportsmens Club

Ashburnham

 

Lee Sportsmen’s Club

Lee

 

Marlborough Fish and Game

Marlborough

.

Nimrod League of Holden

Princeton

.

Norco Sportsmans Club

Princeton

 

North Brookfield Sportsmens Club

North Brookfield

 

Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club

Stockbridge

 

Worthington Rod and Gun Club

Worthington

 


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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Contact

Address
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581
Phone

8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F

Fax
(508) 389-7890

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