All novice turkey hunters are welcome; registration deadline March 12

On March 28, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct its 8th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. The event will take place at Camp Alexander, near Emporia, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested in learning how to become a better turkey hunter, especially youth, and it's free.

Participants will learn calling tips and other turkey hunting techniques. Bluestem Farm and Ranch of Emporia will have on display all the latest turkey hunting equipment and will hold a drawing for a turkey vest packed with accessories. Lunch and free T-shirts will be provided. The clinic will consist of several educational sections dealing with all aspects of becoming a successful turkey hunter, including the following:

  • turkey calling and locator calling;
  • scouting/roosting;
  • wild turkey biology and management;
  • shotgun hunting for wild turkeys;
  • bowhunting for wild turkeys;
  • turkey hunting equipment; and
  • turkey hunting safety.

Participants should register by March 12 and include the total number of youth and adults attending, as well as their respective T-shirt sizes (limited to 100 attendees). For more information or to register, contact Gib Rhodes at 620-437-2012.