Calling all kids who want to learn how to hunt turkey and have fun doing it.
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partnering to provide 10 youth ages 15 and under an opportunity to learn about turkey conservation and experience hunting turkey with a guide.
This structured hunt and educational event will be held March 28-30 and will focus on the development of turkey hunting skills and conservation knowledge.
All applications must be received at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center by Jan. 31 to be entered in the random drawing, which will be Feb. 7.
Only selected applicants will be notified after the drawing. One adult guardian per child will be required to attend the entire weekend event.
Participating youth will be assigned a mentor for the event and have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of skill-based and conservation-focused programs throughout the weekend.
To be eligible to hunt, all selected applicants must have passed a state-approved hunter education course (from any state) and present their hunter education card upon check-in.
Youth hunters who do not yet have a hunter education card must complete either Georgia or South Carolina’s on-line hunter education course prior to the event and present their printed certificate upon check-in.
The final written exams for both states will be administered at the event.
An information packet for the hunt, including more detailed information on how to apply, as well as the application (FWS Form 3-2356), may be downloaded from the refuge website at www.fws.gov/savannah/hunting.html or requested from the Savannah NWR Visitor Center by calling 843-784-2468.
Savannah NWR is one of more than 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the United States.
The nearly 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, and American alligators.
The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is closed Sundays and all federal holidays.