As we roll the calendar to March, hunting thoughts are turning toward Spring Turkey Season. Although May 1st seems a long way out there, there is a closer light in the sky. The Department of Environmental Conservation's Spring Youth Hunt is just weeks away.

The hunt is a 2-day event held on consecutive Saturdays in April. It begins with an Educational Day, April 14 with hunt day the following Saturday, April 21. The special days are for 12-15-year-olds with an adult chaperone. It's all free and The DEC will even provide any equipment needed.

The usual turkey hunting regulations apply, you must have a valid hunting license and possess a turkey hunting permit. Same for the accompanying adult. And while they can assist with calling, the adult can't help in bagging the bird. The bag limit is 1 bearded turkey.

More than one youth hunt is held in New York each year, but so far only Jefferson County has announced a planned event. Their 9th annual hunt is hosted by the Watertown Sportsmen's Club. Sign up sheets are available at the Watertown Sportsmen's ClubAkins Archery, VanTassel's Gunsmithing, and MWR Parks and Recreation Office on Fort Drum. For more information, Conservation Officer, Steve Bartoszewski at 315-489-6984 or cehck out the DEC's website.

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