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 Public Property Reserved For Youth Turkey Hunts

March 11, 2009 -  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will offer hunters 15 years old and younger, reserved turkey hunts during youth wild turkey hunting season for both youth-season days, April 18 and 19, at 26 DNR properties.

The hunts will be at Atterbury, Crosley, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Areas, as well as at Cagles Mill, Hardy, Monroe, Patoka, Salamonie, Brookville, Roush and Mississinewa lakes.

In an attempt to provide quality hunts, a limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property on each respective day. Each property will hold local early registrations and drawings at the property for the half-day hunts. Hunts will run one-half hour before sunrise until noon at properties in the Central Time Zone, and one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. on properties in the Eastern Time Zone. Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing, Chinook or Hillenbrand hunts may do so at Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA).

A youth hunter may be drawn for either or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. Youth hunters, or an adult representing them, can register in person at the property they wish to hunt from March 16-27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The drawing will be held March 30. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail. Applicants may sign up for only one property. Applicants must possess a valid 2009 Youth Consolidated Hunting License, 2009 Regular Turkey License and Game Bird Stamp, or Lifetime Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses also may be used.

Youth hunters who are selected for the hunt may check in at any time each day during legal hunting hours for that property. Properties that do not fill their quotas during early registration may fill remaining spots through a drawing each morning, first-come, first-served. Properties will not have a daily no-show drawing because there is no time by which selected youth hunters must check in during the morning hunts. Hunters interested in possible unfilled quotas at a property should contact that property for more information before showing up on the opening morning of the youth season.

During youth wild turkey season, hunters 15 years old or younger can take a bearded or male wild turkey. Youths must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years old.

The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field, and does not need to possess a turkey hunting license. A youth hunter may take only one bearded or male wild turkey during all spring seasons. The youth must be properly licensed to take a wild turkey and comply with all tagging and check-in requirements.

For additional information, call the property office where you wish to hunt. Phone numbers are available at or in the 2008-09 Hunting & Trapping Guide.



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