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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 22


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 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 to learn more about individual clubs and to register.



Date of the Workshop

Barre Sportsmens Club



Carver Sportsmen’s Club



Cheshire Rod & Gun Club



Conway Sportmen’s Club



East Mountain Sportsmen Club



Essex County Sportsman’s Association



Falmouth Rod and Gun Club



Fitchburg Sportsmens Club



Lee Sportsmen’s Club



Marlborough Fish and Game



Nimrod League of Holden



Norco Sportsmans Club



North Brookfield Sportsmens Club

North Brookfield


Stockbridge Sportsmen’s Club



Worthington Rod and Gun Club



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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