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2017 Reserved Youth Turkey Hunts Taking Applications From March 20-31
Updated March 13, 2017 7:35 AM
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(UNDATED) - Youth hunters (under age 18 on the day of the hunt) may apply for reserved turkey hunts during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 22 and 23, on selected DNR properties.

A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property on each hunting day, in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants. No applications will be accepted before March 20.

You can register in person at the property office or by phone:

  • Atterbury -- (812) 526-2051
  • Pigeon River -- (260) 367-2164
  • Crosley -- (812) 346-5596
  • Roush -- (260) 468-2165
  • Deer Creek -- (765) 653-0453
  • Sugar Ridge -- (812) 789-2724
  • Glendale -- (812) 644-7711
  • Tri-County -- (574) 834-4461
  • Goose Pond -- (812) 512-9185
  • Winamac -- (574) 946-4422
  • Hovey Lake -- (812) 838-2927
  • Willow Slough -- (219) 285-2704
  • Jasper-Pulaski -- (219) 843-4841
  • Salamonie -- (260) 468-2125
  • Kankakee -- (574) 896-3522
  • Mississinewa -- (765) 473-6528
  • Kingsbury -- (219) 393-3612
  • LaSalle -- (219) 992-3019

Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.

Those wanting to sign up for Chinook or Wabashiki hunts may do so at Deer Creek FWA. Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing or Hillenbrand hunts may do so at Goose Pond FWA.

At properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available, a drawing will be held on Monday, April 3. 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.

What you need:

2017 Youth Consolidated Hunting & Trapping License, a 2017 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.

To register a youth for one of the hunts, the following information is needed:

  • Hunter's name
  • Type of license and license number
  • Date(s) in which applying
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Parent or guardian's name, address, & phone number

About the hunts:

Hunts will be conducted 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 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.

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