DFG to Co-Sponsor Wild Turkey Clinic in San Diego County

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10/28/2009 – DFG to Co-Sponsor Wild Turkey Clinic in San Diego CountyThe California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the National Wild Turkey Federation’;s (NWTF) San Diego chapter will co-sponsor a wild turkey hunting clinic Nov. 7. The clinic will be held at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County.

The clinic is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults. Children 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian.

The clinics provide information on hunting turkeys in the winter and fall. Topics include hunting regulations, huntable lands, proper types of firearms and ammunition, proper clothing, habits and habitats of wild turkeys, turkey hunting safety, hunter responsibilities and ethics, game care and cooking. People of all skill levels are welcome to attend.

The lead instructor is John Massie, a 40-year veteran of DFG’s Wildlife Management Division with more than 20 years experience with wild turkeys. Massie was the DFG’s State Upland Game Coordinator for several years and has trapped and relocated wild turkeys throughout the state. Massie is an avid turkey hunter who has completed the Wild Turkey Grand Slam twice (the Grand Slam is accomplished by successfully hunting all five subspecies of wild turkey: the Rio Grande, Eastern, Merriam, Gould’s and Osceola). Massie has also served as the California technical representative to the NWTF and has judged calling contests for the organization’s Bakersfield chapter in the past.

Participants can register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced or request a registration form by mail by calling (916) 358-4356. Registered participants will be provided with a workshop agenda, a map to the facility and a list of items to bring.