Successful turkey hunting regional courses announced

FRANKLIN Do you want to learn how to be a successful turkey hunter, both spring and fall? Then Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Successful Turkey Hunting advanced training class is for you.

“Our Successful Turkey Hunting program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to really enjoy your next turkey-hunting experience,” said Regis Senko, Game Commission Northwest Region Information and Education Supervisor. “Even before you attend a class, you’ll discover a lot about the wild turkey and turkey hunting by reviewing our online student guide. A printed copy is yours to keep at the end of the course.

“In our classroom, we’ll teach you the orienteering skills needed to navigate the back country in search of wary birds, plus shot selection methods to increase your success rate, enhance your hunting experience, and keep you safe. Next, you’ll learn both basic and advanced calling techniques using most of the popular call types available today. We’ll even give you a turkey call to take home after the class. Moving outside, you’ll learn scouting methods and hunting techniques, including the effective use of decoys. Then we’ll show you how to fine-tune both your eye and your shotgun to consistently bag more birds. Bring your 12-gauge or 20-gauge shotgun to the class. On our range, we’ll show you how to maximize its effectiveness. No ammunition is required we’ll provide it. If you don’t have a shotgun, we’ve got one for you.”

The Game Commission’s Successful Turkey Hunting program is a voluntary, advanced, one-day hunter education training program. A $15 registration fee is required. Seating is limited. Register online at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, students must pass an open-book, written exam at the conclusion of the class.

Prior to attending, individuals must complete the independent-study part of this program. For those who prefer to receive a hard-copy of the study materials, contact the Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015 (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to request a printed version of the “Successful Turkey Hunting Student Manual.” The independent-study part of the training will take about 6 to 8 hours to complete.

Two courses are scheduled in the Northwest Region:

Jefferson County

Sunday, April 6, 2014

9 a.m. 5 p.m.

Sigel Sportsmen’s Club

246 Sportsmen’s Lane

Sigel, PA 15860

Butler County

Sunday, April 27, 2014

9 a.m. 5:15 p.m.

Mars Rod and Gun Club

141 Cashdollar Road

Mars, PA 16046