Effingham County Extension News



Calling all kids, 15 and under, who want to learn how to hunt turkey and have fun doing it!  The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partnering to provide 10 youth an opportunity to learn about turkey conservation and experience hunting turkey with a guide.  This structured hunt and educational event will be held April 1, 2, and 3, 2016 and will focus on the development of turkey hunting skills and conservation knowledge.  Participating youth will be assigned a mentor for the event and have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of skill-based and conservation-focused programs throughout the weekend.

The Hunt & Learn Weekend will be limited to a maximum of 10 youth hunters, ages 15 and under.  All applications must be received at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center by January 31, 2016 to be entered in the random drawing which will be held on February 5, 2016.  One adult guardian per child will be required to attend the entire weekend event.  To be eligible to hunt, all selected applicants must have passed a state approved hunter education course (from any state) and present their hunter education card or certificate upon check-in.   An information packet for the hunt, including more detailed information on how to apply, as well as the application (FWS Form 3-2356), may be downloaded from the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah  or requested from the Savannah NWR Visitor Center at (843) 784-2468.

Savannah NWR is one of over 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the United States.  The nearly 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, and American alligators.  The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Sundays and all federal holidays.

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About Abby Smith

Abby W. Smith is the County Extension Coordinator and 4-H Youth Development Agent for Effingham County Extension. She has worked for UGA Extension cumulatively for seven years. 4-H and Extension has always been an important part of life for Smith and she is dedicated to offering well-rounded, diverse and educationally based programming for the citizens of Effingham County.