DWR Press Release
In May, Utah’s backcountry will be alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Among them will be wild tom turkeys strutting and gobbling to try to grab the attention of the ladies.
If you’d like to get into the backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, but you’re not sure how to get started, free seminars across Utah will show you the way.
The Division of Wildlife Resources has teamed with several organizations, including The National Wild Turkey Federation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, to offer five seminars this spring. The first one happens in Price on March 19. The final seminar happens in southern Utah on April 18.
Gary Cook, Wildlife Recreation coordinator for the DWR, said attending a seminar is the perfect way to prepare for Utah’s general statewide turkey hunt. The hunt starts in May. Permits are on sale now.
“A lot of hunters want to hunt turkeys but they’re not sure how to get started,” Cook said. “You can change that by attending a seminar. You’ll receive all of the basic information you need to feel confident enough to go afield and have a good experience.”
Cook said the seminars aren’t just for beginners, though. “Even experienced hunters should learn a thing or two,” he said.
The following is information about the seminars. All of the seminars are free.
March 19: Learn the basics of turkey hunting at a seminar that runs 7-9 p.m. The seminar will be hosted at the DWR’s Southeastern Region office, 319 N. Carbonville Road.
Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area, 18 miles east of Hyrum
March 21: Titled the “Spring Strut,” this event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to a turkey hunting seminar, you can learn how to fly fish and how to pack a horse at two additional seminars that day. And, if you have a shotgun some shells, DWR staff will help you pattern your gun so you’re ready for the hunt. Turkey hunting gear from Sportsman’s Warehouse will also be available to see.
March 24: A “How to” turkey hunting seminar will be held at Cabela’s, 2502 Cabela’s Boulevard. The seminar runs 7-9 p.m.
April 2: Details coming soon.
Parowan Front Wildlife Management Area, just outside the town of Summit. To reach Summit, drive 15 minutes north of Cedar City.
April 18: Details coming soon.