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Learn to turkey hunt at upcoming workshops in Salem, Springfield and Tygh Valley

March 11, 2012

Spring Turkey
This father-daughter moment was the first turkey harvest for Prineville’s Kirsten Pham. She was 16 when she took it with her dad and hunting partner Nghia during last year’s spring turkey season in the Ochocos.
- Photo courtesy of Pham family.-
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SALEM, Ore.—ODFW and sportsman groups are hosting three upcoming turkey hunting workshops for youth and families—March 23 in Salem, March 30 in Springfield, and April 5 in Tygh Valley.

The workshops will cover turkey behavior, scouting, calling and other hunting strategies. Participants will also practice shooting, learn how to pattern a shotgun and determine an effective range, and how to hold their gun as a turkey approaches. ODFW and partners provide all the firearms and ammunition needed at the events.

Spring turkey hunting season is open statewide from April 15-May 31. It’s a great sport for beginning hunters to try. “All you need to turkey hunt is a call, a shotgun and camouflage clothing,” said Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator. “Come to our workshop and we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started.”

Pre-registration is required at all three workshops and spots are limited. To register, visit ODFW’s Outdoor License Sales page. You will need to enter your Hunter/Angler ID#, which is printed on all licenses and tags. If you have never purchased an ODFW document or class before, click on the arrow next to Hunter/Angler ID# and choose New Customer.

Family Turkey Hunting Workshop, Mitchell’s at Salem Clay Target Sports (Gervais, Ore.), March 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Youth ages 9 and older are welcome when accompanied by a paying adult. Family-friendly but all adults and couples welcome to attend. Cost: $25/adult and $10/youth (ages 9-17). Please bring your own lunch.

Family Turkey Hunting Workshop, Emerald Empire Gun Club (Springfield), March 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Youth ages 9 and older are welcome when accompanied by a paying adult. Family-friendly but all adults and couples are welcome to attend. Cost: $25/adult and $10/youth (ages 9-17). Please bring your own lunch.

Youth turkey hunting clinic, White River Wildlife Area (Tygh Valley), April 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
For youth ages 8-17. Sponsored by Oregon Hunters Association and ODFW. At least one adult must accompany youth. Cost: $10 for youth participants. Adults may purchase lunch for additional $5. Contact Fred Walasavage (541) 980-2503 for more information.

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Contact:

Janice Bellis
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Janice.B.Bellis@state.or.us
503-947-6019
For April 5 event
Contact Fred Walasavage (541) 980-2503

 
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