California's Fourth Annual Free Wild Turkey Day Seminar
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) in cooperation with Wilderness Unlimited and The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will sponsor the fourth Annual Wild Turkey Day. The turkey hunting seminar is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cordova Recreation and Park District, Building 1 at 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova.

The popular seminar, which has drawn standing-room-only crowds, will provide comprehensive information on wild turkey biology and hunting, with a strong focus on hunting turkeys on public land. Everything about turkey hunting will be covered from A to Z, including locating the birds, where to hunt turkeys on public land, calling, turkey habits, camouflage and the use of shotguns and archery equipment.

DFG's wild turkey biologist Scott Gardner will offer insight to hunters and naturalists on the wild turkey's habitat and where to find them on public lands. In addition to Gardner, other DFG personnel will be available to answer questions. Veteran turkey hunter Terry Knight, who is also a writer for several outdoor publications, will be a featured speaker and will instruct how to use turkey calls, decoys, archery and shotgun hunting techniques, and camouflage methods. Knight has served as the president of the California State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and operated a successful turkey guiding business for more than 10 years. He annually conducts several training seminars on hunting wild turkeys throughout Northern California. Dan Stahlman, an expert turkey hunter and gunsmith, will discuss shotgun selection and shooting, patterning your shotgun and the proper loads to use. New this year is a seminar on archery hunting for turkeys by Ron Sneed. Also, champion turkey caller, Bruce Wurth, owner of American Friction, which manufactures turkey calls, will be on hand to demonstrate his award-winning calls. Following the seminar there will be a question and answer period.

To get to the Cordova Recreation & Park District, Building 1, from Sacramento take Highway 50 east to Mather Field Road, drive north to Folsom Blvd., turn right to Coloma Road, turn left to Chase Drive, turn left and then left into the park at the curve. You can find the map on the Internet at

The four-hour seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Herrgesell, program coordinator, California Department of Fish and Game at (916) 653-7448 or Knight can be reached at (707) 263-1699 or at

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