Get in on Gobbler Season with this wild turkey hunt tutorial from NH Fish & Game

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Noah Davis, age 8, with his dad Bob Davis, of Claremont. Noah took his first turkey during a NH youth weekend.
Noah Davis, age 8, with his dad Bob Davis, of Claremont. Noah took his first turkey during a NH youth weekend.

CONCORD, NH  – A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To sign up for the workshop, or for more information, call 603-536-3954.

“This workshop is highly recommended for anyone looking for tips and techniques that may help them become a successful turkey hunter, whether a beginner or experienced turkey hunter this is a great resource”, said Tom Flynn, manager of Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.

Know your gobbler: All bearded gobblers are not necessarily hipster gobblers.
Know your gobbler: All bearded gobblers are not necessarily hipster gobblers.

At the workshop, Dave Priebe, a Hunter Education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety. Fish and Game wildlife biologist Andrew Timmins will talk about the natural history and behavior of wild turkeys.

New Hampshire’s spring gobbler season runs from May 3 through May 31. The state’s youth turkey hunting weekend will take place April 25-26, 2015 (see more below). Hunting licenses and turkey permits can be purchased online at http://www.huntnh.com.

To find out about course offerings at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, get directions to the center, or explore volunteer opportunities at Owl Brook, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Activities at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are supported by federal Wildlife Restoration funds, a user-pay, user-benefit program funded through your purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery supplies.


Gobbler Season FAQs and Links:

Did you know? New Hampshire has an estimated 40,000 wild turkeys statewide.

2015 Spring Season

One bearded or male turkey may be taken by shotgun or bow per hunter; hunters are encouraged to pass on bearded hens.

  • May 3 to May 31: Statewide
  • Limit: One male or bearded turkey
  • Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 noon.
  • Legal methods: Archery or shotgun (10, 12, 16 or 20 gauge shotgun using 2 or smaller size shot)
  • Registration: The fully feathered, intact turkey must be registered and sealed within 24 hours of the time of taking.

NH Youth Turkey Hunt
New Hampshire’s youth turkey hunt is held statewide on the first weekend prior to May 3 (Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015). During the special weekend, youth hunters are allowed to take one male or bearded turkey by archery or shotgun. Youth hunters are required to purchase a turkey license in order to participate, although they do not need to possess a hunting license. Youths must be age 15 or younger, and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older; the adult may not carry a firearm.

 

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