Want to shoot a turkey in city limits? New partnership will teach youth, those with disabilities to hunt
Turkey time is coming early this year for Sioux Falls kids.
A new mentorship hunting program for the Thanksgiving bird is now accepting applications from first-time hunters, including those ages 10-15 and those with disabilities who live in the state’s most populated city.
The program is the result of a partnership between the city of Sioux Falls and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP), according to a recent news release. While the program was slated to start in 2020, its launch was put on hold because of COVID-19.
“It’s a unique partnership that’ll control the population,” GFP naturalist Derek Klawitter said of the abundance of turkeys on the northeast side of Sioux Falls near the water treatment plant, where the mentored turkey hunting will take place. “The only thing that controls them right now is a Toyota Camry that runs over them now and then.”
Hunters will learn through a one-on-one experience with a GFP naturalist about all aspects of turkey hunting, including how to safely use a crossbow, set up decoys and even how to cook the bird.
While all interested youth between the ages of 10 and 15 are eligible to apply with permission from a parent or guardian, only 10 participants will be selected through a lottery drawing. One-on-one outings will take place in April and May, during spring turkey season.
Selected hunters will be required to demonstrate shooting proficiency and will be required to purchase a $5 youth/mentor spring turkey permit. Those with disabilities who are selected will need to purchase a $25 spring archery turkey permit and apply for a crossbow permit. However, all hunters will be provided the necessary equipment for the hunt.
No hunting will occur in residential areas, the release states.
Those interested in participating can email Klawitter for an application. Applications are due March 31.