Turkey hunting is challenging even for veterans, but can be especially tough when you are brand new to the sport. However, if you are interested in learning the basics of one of the fastest-growing hunting activities in the country, you are invited to attend a free Turkey Hunting 101. The seminar is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The seminar will be held in the Hunter Education Building at the Northwest Region Service Center in Grand Junction, Wednesday March 28 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Designed for novices, the presentation will be light on jargon and heavy on practical advice, so that everyone will feel comfortable asking questions about turkey biology and hunting tactics.

“It is an excellent opportunity for new hunters to meet other enthusiasts and gain the confidence to head out and experience a successful hunt,” said CPW Education Coordinator Kathleen Tadvick.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, turkey hunting has increased at a rate double that of the country’s population since 1991 and has attracted many new hunters to the sport, including an increasing number of women.

Seminar topics include the basics of turkey calling, field tactics, firearms, local turkey populations and tips for hunting on public land. In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet and learn from veteran hunters.

“Turkey hunters are a close, tight-knit group and these long-time hunters are eager to share their knowledge with those just getting into the sport,” said Tadvick, who is also a Western Slope Committee Member for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Space is limited. For information and reservations, call 970-255-6100.

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation What: Free Turkey 101 Hunting Seminar When: Wednesday, March 28 from 6 – 9:30p.m. Where: Hunter Education Building – 711 Independent Ave, Grand Junction

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