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Feb. 17—SUPERIOR — The Gitchee Gumme Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has been awarded the 2023 Wisconsin Learn to Hunt Program of the Year award by the Wisconsin State Chapter of the federation.

The Douglas County-based chapter started the youth program in 2006, the first year wild turkey hunting opened in the county.

In 2023, northwest Wisconsin was hit with an abnormal amount of snow in April so the youth hunt was delayed until June. The snow was gone by then, but the youth hunt occurred after most turkey mating occurred and when mosquitoes were already in the woods. Five boys and five girls were taken out with mentors, and the state chapter recognized the volunteers for sticking with the effort.

The Gitchee Gumme Chapter is once again offering the Learn to Hunt for Douglas County youths ages 10-17. The hunt will be on the weekend of April 6, with a mandatory DNR turkey seminar on March 16. One adult is welcome to walk along with the youth hunter as an observer. Space is limited. Applications are available at Nummi Jewelers and Superior Shooters Supply in Superior and at Solon Springs Mercantile in Solon Springs.

Forms can also be printed off from the Gitchee Gumme Chapter's Facebook page at

facebook.com/groups/317627811694

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This hunt is free, with all meals and transportation provided. The hunt is headquartered at the Wascott Four Seasons Recreation Club facility on Crystal Lake Road in Wascott. A special permit is provided by the DNR, so the youth hunters don't need a hunter safety certificate or a turkey license to participate.