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Kids learn to hunt turkey April 2 at White River Wildlife Area

White River Youth Turkey Clinic
White River youth turkey clinic
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February 23, 2016

SALEM, Ore.—Register now for the annual turkey hunting clinic for kids ages 8 to 17, a popular event sponsored by ODFW and the Oregon Hunters Association.

The event is Saturday, April 2 at the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the event runs from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kids who attend will learn the tricks, tips and strategies needed to turkey hunt including: turkey identification and behavior, scouting techniques like sign identification and how to locate turkeys in the woods, plus turkey calls and calling techniques. There is also a hands-on session about how to pattern a shotgun, establish effective ranges and hold a shotgun as a tom approaches.

“This is a fun annual event that will leave your child ready for the statewide general spring turkey season April 15-May 31,” said James Reed, hunter education coordinator. “Kids can also hunt the special youth-only season April 9-10.”

Hunter education certification is not required to attend the clinic.

Pre-registration is required and costs $10. The deadline to register is March 28 and a maximum of 100 youth will be accepted. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration includes lunch; adults can purchase lunch for an additional $5 on site.

For more information and to register, visit the event listing at

Note that ODFW will waive the parking permit requirement on White River Wildlife Area for that day and camping is allowed at designated campsites.

ODFW and partners host a variety of events where people can learn how to hunt and fish, see for more.




Janice Copple

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