Kids can learn to hunt turkey April 1 at White River Wildlife Area

SALEM, Ore. — Register by March 28 for the annual turkey hunting clinic for kids ages 8 to 17, a popular event sponsored by ODFW, Oregon Hunters Association and Celilo Bowmen.

The event is Saturday, April 1 at the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley.

Kids who attend will learn the tricks, tips and strategies needed to turkey hunt including: turkey identification and behavior, scouting techniques like sign identification and how to locate turkeys in the woods, plus turkey calls and calling techniques. There is also a hands-on session about how to pattern a shotgun, establish effective ranges and hold a shotgun as a tom approaches. New this year, Celilo Bowmen will be teaching kids how to shoot compound and traditional bows at a 3D target range set up at the event.

“This is a fun annual event that will get your child ready for the statewide general spring turkey season April 15-May 31,” said James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “Kids can also hunt the special youth-only season April 8-9.”

Hunter education certification is not required to attend this clinic.

Pre-registration is required and costs $10. The deadline to register is March 28 and a maximum of 100 youth will be accepted. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Register online at ODFW’s license sales site, or register at any license sales agent. Registration includes lunch; adults can purchase lunch for an additional $5 at the clinic.

For more information, see the event listing at or contact Myrna Britton at (503) 947-6028 /

Note that ODFW will waive the parking permit requirement on White River Wildlife Area for that day and camping is allowed at designated campsites.

ODFW and partners host a variety of events where people can learn how to hunt and fish, see for more.