Youth hunters can apply for a reservation to hunt one of 21 DNR properties during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 19 and 20.
The hunters must be younger than 18 on the day of the hunt.
The reserved hunts are at the following fish and wildlife areas (FWAs): Atterbury, Crosley, Deer Creek, Glendale, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Roush, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough.
Hunts will also take place at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes.
The number of hunters allowed on each property will be limited. Interested hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone with the property they wish to hunt. Hunters should register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time March 17-21 or March 24-28. Hunters can register for only one property.
Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing and Chinook hunts may do so at Deer Creek FWA. Those wanting to sign up for Hillenbrand or Minnehaha hunts may do so at Goose Pond FWA. Those wanting to sign up for LaSalle may do so at Willow Slough.
At properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available, a drawing will be held on March 31. A youth hunter may be drawn for either one or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.
Applicants must possess a 2014 Youth Consolidated Hunting and Trapping License, a 2014 Non-Resident Youth Spring Turkey License with a game bird habitat stamp privilege, or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses of the types named above also may be used.
When registering a youth for one of the hunts, make sure to have the type of license being used for the hunt and the license number.
Hunts will run one-half hour before sunrise until noon at properties in the Central Time Zone, and one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. on properties in the Eastern Time Zone.
Youth hunters who are selected for the hunt may check in at any time each day until the end of legal hunting hours for that property. Properties will not have a daily “no-show” drawing. Hunters interested in possible unfilled quotas at a property should phone that property for more information before showing up.
During youth wild turkey season, hunters younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt can take a bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be accompanied by someone age 18 or older.
The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field. The adult does not need to possess a turkey hunting license unless the youth is using an apprentice license, or unless the adult is calling turkeys.
For information or to register at Pigeon River, call (260) 367-2164.