DEC to host 12th annual Jefferson County youth turkey hunt

Free Program for Youth Ages 12 – 15

WATERTOWN,  NY —  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) today announced the 12th annual turkey hunt for youth ages 12 through 15. The event is free to the participants and all equipment will be provided if necessary.

The two-day youth turkey hunt is being held at the Sackets Harbor Sportsmen’s
Club, and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 18 with an educational day, and a hunt day on Saturday, April 24. The hunt will feature special COVID-19 precautions to ensure a safe learning environment, including health questionnaires, capacity limits to ensure social distancing, and mask usage.

Interested youth hunters must possess a New York State small game license and valid turkey tags. The event is hosted by the Sackets Harbor Sportsman’s Club and sponsored by the Northern New York Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the New York Conservation Officers Association.

Signup sheets are available at the Sackets Harbor Sportsman’s Club, 17500 County Route 66, Akins Archery, 25834 NY-12, Watertown and VanTassel’s
Gunsmithing, 30412 NY-37, Evans Mills.

For more information or to sign up for the event please contact ECO Steve Bartoszewski at 315-489-6984 or by email at