Bob Harris - OUTDOORS and FREE - April 25, 2012
Turkey Hunting Safety
New Hampshire’s 2012 Youth Turkey Hunt is Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29,. The weekend before the annual Spring Turkey season begins. According to Jane Vachon, of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, during the 2011 youth weekend turkey hunt, an impressive total of 527 turkeys, or 14.4%, of the total Spring harvest were taken by youth hunters.
In order to participate in the Youth Turkey Hunt, young hunters must be 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult of age 18 or older. The adult may not carry a firearm or bow and arrows. The youth hunters must have a valid Turkey Permit ($16 for a resident and $31 for a nonresident); they do not need a hunting license. Accompanying adults must hold either a current N.H. hunting or Archery license and a current Turkey Permit.
Turkey hunting is a very demanding sport because turkeys are a very leary bird. They are not stupid. They hear well and they have great eyesight. You’ll need to wear specific camo patterns of clothing and be very still. However, it is very important to be safe while in the fields and woods hunting Turkey. There are safety rules that must be followed to the letter to assure that all turkey hunters and others are safe.
SAFETY RULES for TURKEY HUNTERS
1. Never stalk a turkey. It never works and it only increases the risk of an accident.
2. Never wear red, white, blue, or black over or under-clothing as these are the prominent colors displaying gobblers.
3. Never call from a tree that is thinner than the width of your shoulders.
4. Never jump or run suddenly in response to a suspected turkey.
5. Never call from a site where you can’t see at least 40 yards in all directions.
6. Never imitate a turkey call while concealed in a stand.
7. Never presume that what you hear or what responds to your call is a turkey.
8. Never think that because your camouflage makes you nearly invisible that it means you are safe. To warn other hunters that you are near, wrap an orange band around the tree nearest you.
9. Never hide so well that you can’t see what is happening around you.
10. Never move or wave to alert approaching hunters. Instead, shout “Stop” instead.
So, there you have it. If you will be going after turkeys this Spring, good luck and safe hunting.
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