California Wild Turkey Expo
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) in cooperation with Wilderness Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will sponsor the fifth Annual Wild Turkey Expo on Saturday, March 16, 2002 in Elk Grove. The seminar is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the Elk Grove Elks Lodge, 9240 Survey Road, Elk Grove — just off Highway 99 and Grant Line Road.

The popular, free event, which has drawn standing-room-only crowds in the past, will provide comprehensive information on wild turkey biology and hunting, with a strong focus on hunting turkeys on public lands. Topics include locating the birds, where to hunt turkeys on public land, calling, turkey habits, camouflage, the use of shotguns and archery equipment, and cooking the turkey. There will also be an equipment demonstration ouside, weather permitting. Sporting goods booths and like-minded organizations will be on hand to show the latest equipment and share information about other hunting opportunities

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 at the event 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 11 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. Back by popular demand will be 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. A question and answer period will follow.

The four-hour seminar is free and open to the public. For information, contact Susan Herrgesell, Program Coordinator, DFG (916) 653-7448 or Terry Knight can be reached at (707) 263-1699 or at

New this year, the National Wild Turkey Federation will have a dinner/fund-raiser following the seminar at 5 p.m. The tickets are $50 and include a membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation, a subscription to one of NWTF's bimonthly magazines, dinner of tri-tip or chicken, and an open bar. Advanced tickets are available from Michael Cummings at (916) 685-4416 or Joe Deaser at (916) 481-3487.

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