Wild turkey hunting safety seminars

With spring turkey hunting season just around the corner, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have wild turkey hunting safety seminars.

They are set for Saturday, March 15, and Saturday, March 22. These annual events are coordinated by the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program and the public is invited to attend. Both seminars are offered free-of-charge.

The season is April 30 through May 31.

“Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from these seminars. With the emphasis on providing A-Z hunting information, including safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls, site setup, and other strategies for harvesting turkeys, the seminar has valuable information for every participant,” said Charles Bruckerhoff, coordinator of the CE/FS Program.

Participants will have an opportunity to pattern their shotguns for turkey hunting following classroom instruction. To do so, participants must bring the shotgun they intend to use, ammunition and a shotgun choke appropriate for turkey hunting, and eye and ear protection.

Locations and times

The March 15 seminar is scheduled for 8-2 p.m., at the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association, 310 Hammertown Road, Monroe. To register, call 860-642-7239.

The March 22 seminar is scheduled for 9-4 p.m. at the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Franklin Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32, North Franklin. To register, call 860-675-8130.

More information on the spring turkey hunting season is available on the DEEP Web site at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.