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2013 Refuge Public Notices


2013 Youth Spring Turkey Hunt

ABOUT THE HUNT
The Youth Spring Turkey Hunt is a guided hunting opportunity for hunters under 18 years of age.
The hunt provides a unique opportunity for young hunters to experience the excitement of hunting this wary and challenging game species. The goal of the hunt is more than just harvesting a bird.
The hunt focuses on teaching young hunters safe and ethical hunting practices and the art of setting up blinds, decoys and calling turkeys. All hunters must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE YOUTH ONLY SPRING TURKEY HUNT:
This hunt opportunity is a permit only hunt. Youth hunters are selected by a lottery drawing of submitted applications. Please fill out the attached application (FWS Form 3-2356) to participate in the drawing. Youth hunters can apply only once. Completed applications must be received by March 15, 2013.

A $6.00 application fee is required for each application and must accompany each application returned to the refuge. Make checks or money orders (no cash) payable to: US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Five permits will be issued for the 2013 BDANWR Youth Spring Turkey Hunt. One permit for one hunter will be issued for each of the following hunts:

Hunt 1: April 13-14, Hunt 2: April 20-21, Hunt 3: April 27-28, Hunt 4: May 4-5 and Hunt 5 (May 9-10).

Applicants may list the date of the specific hunt choice when submitting their application; however, the Refuge reserves the right to assign selected applicants available hunt dates.

Permits may not be transferred to another person or hunt dates changed. Letters to successful applicants will be mailed by the week of March 25, 2013.

SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION WITH $6.00 APPLICATION FEE TO:
Bosque del Apache NWR ATTN: Spring Turkey Hunt P.O. Box 280
San Antonio, NM 87832

For additional information contact: Sean Brophy, Refuge Operations Specialist(575) 835-1828 Extension 231
BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR
2013 YOUTH SPRING TURKEY HUNT

HUNTER INFORMATION:
Only the selected youth hunter and their parent/legal guardian will be allowed in the hunt areas.
The hunter and guardian will be accompanied by a guide at all times.
Successful hunters will receive an information packet with details about check in times, equipment to bring and other details.
Hunters are encouraged to use calls and decoys
The bag limit for the refuge hunt is one (1) bearded turkey per hunter. All
other wildlife species are protected. A harvested turkey will be counted toward the state bag limit of 2 bearded turkeys during the spring season.
Hunters are allowed up to 9 non-toxic shotgun shells.
It is illegal to shoot a wild turkey roosting in a tree or other structure.
Hunters must check out of their designated hunt areas and have their turkey checked by Refuge staff prior to leaving the refuge.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Youth Game-Hunting License
2. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Over-the-Counter Spring Turkey
License
3. Hunter must have completed a hunter education course prior to hunt.

LEGAL SPORTING ARMS:
Any shotgun, including muzzleloading shotguns using non-toxic shot only, and bow and arrow. No centerfire, rimfire rifle, or handgun use is allowed.





Public Notices are provided by the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Past Refuge Public Notices can be found here.




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