Women’s turkey hunting seminar scheduled

Do you want to put organic free-range meat on the table for your family?

If so, sign up for an upcoming women’s-only workshop on turkey hunting and outdoors skills in Durango, April 24-26.

Sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, this free weekend program will feature: gun-handling safety, target practice, basic turkey biology, instruction on how to hunt turkeys, and a chance to hunt the large birds.

“Turkeys are abundant in the area around Durango and they are relatively easy to hunt,” said Leigh Gillette, education coordinator for the DOW’s southwest region. “Their diet is totally natural so they also provide a great nutritional resource.”

The DOW will provide expert instruction, shotguns and ammunition, mentors for the hunt, and assistance in field dressing harvested turkeys. Participants also must have a hunter safety card and a turkey license if they wish to hunt.

Participants will need to bring adequate clothing for quirky spring weather and a sack lunch on two days.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 24, participants will receive instruction at the Durango Gun Club on handling and shooting a shotgun; on April 25 the workshop will shift to the Colorado State University research ranch in Hesperus for hunting instruction and an afternoon hunt; on April 26 participants will be able to hunt all day.

The registration deadline is April 10 and the workshop is limited to 12 women. For more information and to register, contact Gillette at (970) 375-6709, or leigh.gillette@state.so.us.