To pilot the program, a deer hunting workshop (complete with a mentored deer hunt) was offered to adults. It was "wildly" successful! Now, people are calling from as far away as Boise to get in on the next workshop.
Our next workshop, co sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, will focus on wild turkey hunting and is designed for adults (18+ years old). The ideal candidate for this workshop has never hunted before (or has very little hunting experience) and does not have access to experienced hunting mentors.
The two-day class will be held February 7 and 14 followed by a mentored hunt later in the spring.Class time will be split between indoor and outdoor experiences during which participants will learn:
- The biology and habitat of turkeys
- The most effective hunting techniques
- What hunting equipment is essential;
- How to scout for hunting spots;
- How to ethically harvest game
- How to dress, handle, and cook turkeys
The best part of the workshop will be the actual turkey hunt with an experienced mentor! Equipment is provided and all workshop participants will gain experience safely handling and firing shotguns in the field prior to the mentored hunts.
Cost for the workshop is $10, plus cost for hunter education course ($8.00) and the purchase of a hunting license and turkey tag.
Through the Idaho Wildavore program, Fish and Game hopes to help connect an untapped but interested user group to conservation through the important role of hunting. It is Fish and Game's desire to see workshop graduates leave with the basic knowledge and experience to continue hunting on their own, and potentially introduce the tradition to friends and family.
For more information or to submit an application for the Idaho Wildavore turkey workshop in February, call the Fish and Game office in Pocatello at 208-232-4703 or email Liz Horsmon at Elizabeth.Horsmon@idfg.idaho.gov.