IRON COUNTY — Young people and novice hunters can learn how to hunt wild turkeys, receive free raffle tickets and leave with free door prizes at the third annual Southern Region Turkey Hunting Clinic Saturday.
The clinic is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger. It’s also open to adults who have never hunted turkeys before.
Those who attend will walk away with a basic understanding of how to hunt turkeys, as well as prizes supplied by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
“You don’t need to bring anything. Just enthusiasm for learning how to hunt turkeys,” Heather Talley, regional wildlife recreation specialist for the Division of Wildlife Resources said.
Several experienced turkey hunters will teach the clinic.
“Having a variety of experts teach the clinic means you’ll learn a range of techniques that can increase your hunting success,” Talley said. “You’ll also gain different perspectives about what it’s like to hunt turkeys.”
The free clinic will be held April 1 at the Parowan Front Wildlife Management Area just east of Summit in Iron County. To reach Summit, exit Interstate 15 at the first exit north of Cedar City.
“The rotations between stations will end around noon,” Talley said. “After each group of participants has visited each station, a question-and-answer session will begin. A raffle will follow the Q&A session. After the raffle, a special event called ‘Jakes Day’ will start.”
The Division of Wildlife Resources and National Wild Turkey Foundation have teamed up to offer the free Jakes Day event. At the event, participants will use bows and arrows and visit the Wild Turkey Federation’s shooting trailer and Wildlife Resources’ poaching trailer.
Young people and wild turkeys
Getting more young people involved in turkey hunting is important to the future of wild turkey conservation in Utah, event organizers said in a news release.
“Many of us were introduced to hunting at an early age, because our families had established a hunting tradition,” Ron MacIntosh, Cedar City chapter president for the Wild Turkey Foundation said. “As sportsmen and women, it’s our job to help educate the youth and mentor new hunters. They’re the future.”
Jakes Day is perfect for youth, he said.
“Jakes stands for ‘Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship,'” he said. “The title conveys the dedication the NWTF has to educating another generation of smart, ethical hunters.”
DWR Biologist Jason Nicholes said hunting turkeys is a great way to spend time with family in Utah’s backcountry in the spring.
“Learning about turkey habits and about their habitat is the best way to be successful as you start your new adventure,” he said.
Wild turkeys are doing really well in many parts of Southwestern Utah, Talley said. This has allowed the division’s biologists to take turkeys from dense populations and place them in other areas in Southwestern Utah where there’s room for more birds.
- What: Learn how to hunt wild turkeys with Utah DWR and NWTF
- When: Saturday, April 1
- Where: Parowan Front Wildlife Management Area, east of Summit just north of Cedar City (see map inset) | coordinates for GPS users are Latitude 37.7877541, Longitude -112.9243904
- Cost: Free