Workshop course

The Learn to Hunt program opens registrations for the workshop on wild turkeys

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a program to teach the skills needed to hunt, dress, and cook wild turkeys to adults who have little or no wild turkey hunting experience.

The two-part workshop, scheduled for March 15 and 22, will feature knowledge and skill building sessions with instructors who will provide hands-on learning that will teach the basics.

“For those interested in the challenge of wild turkey hunting as a way to source protein, this program offers the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to do it all yourself,” said Jamie Cook. , Iowa hunter education coordinator. DNR.

Participants will learn basic wild turkey hunting strategies such as proper equipment, where to hunt, safe shooting practices, and how to dress, butcher, and cook. Classes are designed for participants 16 years and older.

The two-part course runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 15 and 22, at Olofson Range, near Polk City. The cost is $35. Space is limited so register early.

For more information and to begin the registration process, go to

The program is offered through a partnership with the Iowa DNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation. This is part of a national effort to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters due to the general decline in hunting and outdoor recreation.