The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering local youth the opportunity to turkey hunt with Environmental Conservation Officers this spring.
The Eighth Annual Jefferson County Youth Turkey Hunt will be hosted at the Watertown Sportsmen’s Club and is open to youth aged 12 to 15. An educational day will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15th, and the hunting day will be held on Saturday, April 22nd. Both days are free to participants, and equipment will be provided.
“This program was developed to teach younger generations, that may not have the opportunity otherwise, how to hunt turkey,” said Judy Drabicki, DEC Region 6 Director. “It is a great way to connect youth to the natural world and teach them to become safe and responsible hunters.”
Interested youth hunters must possess a New York State small game license and valid turkey tags. The event is hosted by the Watertown Sportsmen’s Club and sponsored by the Northern New York Conservation Officers Association.
Signup sheets are available at the following locations:
- Watertown Sportsmen’s Club — 17751 Dry Hill Road, Watertown
- Akins Archery — 25834 NY-12, Watertown
- Gander Mountain — Salmon Run Mall, Watertown
- VanTassel’s Gunsmithing — 30412 NY-37, Evans Mills
- MWR Parks and Recreation Office — Fort Drum
For more information on the event, please contact ECO Steve Bartoszewski at (315) 489-6984.
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