MONROE, Conn. -- Wild turkey hunters, especially first-time hunters, might be interested to attend an upcoming safety seminar offered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Saturday, April 2 in Monroe.
Presented by the department's Wildlife Division’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program, the seminars will include safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls and decoys, site setup, strategies for harvesting turkeys, and turkey biology and management.
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 during the spring turkey season, ammunition, a shotgun choke appropriate for turkey hunting, and eye and ear protection.
The free seminar are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association, 310 Hammertown Road. Registration is required to attend. To register, call the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-424-3015 or 860-424-3007, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This year will mark the 36th consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut. The statewide turkey population is estimated at approximately 35,000 birds. Healthy and numerous wild turkey populations exist throughout the majority of the state's woodlands.
During the 2015 spring turkey season, 9,062 hunters took 1,232 bearded turkeys. DEEP is reminding hunters that the 2016 spring wild turkey hunting season runs April 27 through May 28.