DEEP: Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program

February 28, 2011
Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program
Wild Turkey Hunting Safety Seminars
Be well prepared for Spring Turkey Hunting Season, April 27 through May 28, 2011

Spring turkey hunting season is just around the corner, beginning April 27 through May 28, 2011, and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced two upcoming Wild Turkey Hunting Safety Seminars scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2011, and Sunday, March 20, 2011. These annual events are coordinated by the DEP Wildlife Divisionís Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program and the public is invited to attend. Both seminars are offered free-of-charge.

"Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from these seminars. With the emphasis on providing A-Z hunting information, including safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls, site setup, and other strategies for harvesting turkeys, the seminar has valuable information for every participant," said Charles Bruckerhoff, Coordinator of the CE/FS Program.

The March 12 seminar is scheduled for 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association, 310 Hammertown Road, in Monroe, Connecticut. Participants of this seminar will have an opportunity to pattern their shotguns for turkey hunting following classroom instruction. To do so, participants must bring the shotgun they intend to use, ammunition and a shotgun choke appropriate for turkey hunting, and eye and ear protection.

The second seminar, on March 20, will be offered at Cabelaís in East Hartford (time yet to be determined). Participants should NOT bring their own shotguns and ammunition to the seminar at Cabelaís because there is no shooting range on site.

Interested individuals are required to register for either of the two seminars by contacting the DEP Wildlife Divisionís Sessions Woods office at 860-675-8130, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information on the spring turkey hunting season, check the DEP Web site at