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Mentor Turkey hunts
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:45:32 AM »
https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/clinics/ For those of your that have kids 16 and under there is a registration at the link listed for youth opener April 7th and 8th.  The for the regular opener there is also registration from mentor hunts for all first time hunters.  Kids get first chance.  I can tell you that the success rate is pretty high because they get permission from land owners.  This is a awesome opportunity to get the first time hunter out there on some birds.  Last year there was more mentors then hunters.
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 12:20:43 PM »
This is great, and deserving  of a sticky.

Get your kids involved in stuff like this, folks. Involvement is what makes this kind of thing continue in the future.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2018, 10:08:12 AM »
Going to bump this.  Youth season is coming up.  Register for a mentor hunt.  Good success rate.
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 10:21:59 AM »
I went to the wdfw to check out the clinic at the black diamond gun club and it says the class is full?
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 10:44:48 AM »
I went to the wdfw to check out the clinic at the black diamond gun club and it says the class is full?
Don't worry about it.  Their event system only allows 25 and we are taking way more then that.
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2018, 01:47:40 PM »
 Was told by Aaron this weekend they don't have many people signed up.  Youth season is less then 2 weeks away.  This is a great chance to get that first time turkey hunter out there and have a good chance at a bird.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2018, 01:50:04 PM »
I'm surprised you don't have more signups? Sounds like a great program!  :dunno:
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2018, 02:08:59 PM »
I have been doing mentored hunts for awhile now and really enjoy helping folks out learning the about turkey hunting.  Youth is a ton of fun seeing kids so excited when a gobbler comes thundering in. :tup:
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 02:19:58 PM »
I'm surprised you don't have more signups? Sounds like a great program!  :dunno:
I don't think the department promotes it enough.   :dunno:  plenty of mentors not enough hunters.
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2018, 05:12:08 PM »
WDFW has it posted on their Facebook page. Posted Friday at 9:30am
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2018, 07:04:32 PM »
WDFW has it posted on their Facebook page. Posted Friday at 9:30am
Have like their Facebook page though.   I have been sharing their page to mine and our NWTF chapter page and here.    I think they should send out cards or emails to people that have brought turkey tags.   Some might have kids or relatives or even friends. 

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2018, 08:07:12 PM »
Unfortunately, I made plans for my son's first hunt before finding out about the WDFW program or I would have probably gone that way.  If he doesn't get his two birds on the first weekend, we'll definitely check it out.  It's a great program even for people that hunt but just haven't hunted turkey before like us.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2018, 04:48:26 PM »
Unfortunately, I made plans for my son's first hunt before finding out about the WDFW program or I would have probably gone that way.  If he doesn't get his two birds on the first weekend, we'll definitely check it out.  It's a great program even for people that hunt but just haven't hunted turkey before like us.
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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2018, 05:11:44 PM »
Iíve got 2 kids, but only see 1 spot open for the mentoring hunt.. maybe next year I guess. Sounds like a good program.

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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2018, 05:18:23 PM »
Iíve got 2 kids, but only see 1 spot open for the mentoring hunt.. maybe next year I guess. Sounds like a good program.
Sign up they have waiting lists to.  Sometimes they get more mentors that come in.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2018, 12:31:39 PM »
My mentor/TFO hunt.   First turkey.   About to retire Army 1st Sargent.  10.5" beard 3/4 spurs 24lbs. 



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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2018, 02:22:21 PM »
I just finally found this thread.  The spring season mentoring is full and I have gotten almost all of the people signed up connected with a mentor.  I will be posting the fall mentored hunts about a month before season opens.

Russ, if we make another thread for that, I will make sure I subscribe to it so if anyone has questions I can answer them!

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2018, 02:39:13 PM »
Do they just do the mentor hunts for turkey and for kids? I'm new to hunting, and a common theme I've been hearing in the podcasts I listen to and the reading I've done is that hunter numbers are declining rapidly. It would make sense to offer mentor hunts to people of all ages to try to get new people into hunting. As someone who is trying to figure this all out on my own, I know that would be very beneficial as it is super intimidating/overwhelming to try to figure out on your own.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2018, 03:38:54 PM »
No, the mentored hunts are for any first time turkey hunters, with the exception of the hunts during the youth only season.  There is no fall youth season so that entire time will be open to all ages.

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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2018, 04:10:02 PM »
The department is also offering up clinics in other hunting areas to.   I believe that turkey hunting is one of the most addicting and enjoyable hunts to start our with.  The soldier I just took out said he never knew about turkey hunting and how fun it was.

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2018, 08:05:15 AM »
My mentor/TFO hunt.   First turkey.   About to retire Army 1st Sargent.  10.5" beard 3/4 spurs 24lbs. 


Awesome job Russ. It's so great that you are able to do this for folks. Thank you!

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Re: Mentor Turkey hunts
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2018, 03:55:46 PM »
Fall 2018 Mentored turkey hunt registration is now up on the WDFW website - WDFW.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/clinics/

Youth pheasant season mentored hunts in region 3 are there also.

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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2018, 04:38:20 PM »
Will promote this at our Jakes event next month.

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