Yates County holds 11th annual Youth Turkey Hunt

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express

Over the weekend of April 24, several municipalities across New York State held their annual youth turkey hunts.

In Yates County, the annual youth turkey hunt began in 2010 as a collaborative effort by Lt. Matt Lochner and a dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors focused on increasing and promoting youth hunting opportunities in and around the Finger Lakes region. Over the past several years, this event has provided a positive youth hunting experience to an estimated 300 first-time turkey hunters from across New York State and beyond.

This year, due to the generosity of the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, New York State Conservation Officers Association, Schuyler County Sheriff’s Association, O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Rock Ridge Outdoors - Dead Ringer / The Grind, Bass Pro Shops, and local sponsors, all 25 participating young people received a turkey vest, hat, gloves, face mask, calls, gun case, and Dead Ringer peep sights, among other giveaways.

For more information, check out the Yates County Youth Turkey Hunt Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/yatescountyyouthturkeyhunt/. 

Twenty-five young hunters participated in the 11th annual Yates County Youth Turkey Hunt thanks to the generosity of commercial and local sponsors such as the Penn Yan Moose Club and the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Association.