Special Turkey Hunting Season for Youth | Sports & Recreation
The 2011 Wild Turkey season hasn't begun quite yet, but if you're a young hunter, specifically 16-years old and under, you have a two day window to get in some experience.
Starting April 2nd at 5:56 a.m. until April 3rd at 7:21 p.m., young hunters state-wide have the opportunity to use standard hunting practices as defined by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife [.PDF] to hunt down gobblers and hens.
The main requirement as stated by Fish & Wildlife Officer, Stg. Dan Rahn, "Young hunters, especially those born after January 1st, 1972, need to go through a week-long hunter education course. A paid hunting license is also still required."
As long as young hunters have gone through that course and paid for their license, they're free to go hunting starting tomorrow morning statewide.
For the Colville and Stevens County area, hunters will most likely run into Merriam's subspecies of turkeys. This type of turkey is found in the ponderosa pine type forests of the western regions of the United States. For a map of where to hunt wild turkeys, check out this resource provided by the Colville Chamber of Commerce.
Even though this is a special season for hunting, remember to use safe and ethical turkey hunting habits. Children participating in this special season, are not required to be accompanied by an adult, but it is recommended by the Washington State Fish & Wildlife. Official State of Washington Wild Turkey Spring Season Pamphlets (linked above) are available at every Fish & Wildlife Office and should be reviewed before and during hunting.
If you have any questions, please call your regional Fish & Wildlife office at (509) 892-1001.