On April 5, 2014, the Lee County Strutters chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) held its second annual youth turkey hunt. The event was co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Other sponsors for the event included: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR), Judgment Game Calls, PRIMOS Hunting, Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District and Liberty Sport and Pawn.
The eight youngsters selected to participate ranged in age from eleven to fifteen, had an interest in hunting and normally did not have an opportunity to go hunting. Each participant was provide a gift bag that contained turkey calls, hunting DVDs, camouflage gloves and face mask and various other hunting related equipment donated by the sponsors. Each youth hunter was accompanied by adult mentors on the hunt to provide direction and monitor safety on the various public and private properties utilized throughout the county for the event. The youth hunters and participants gathered on the afternoon of March 29, 2014 for a pre-hunt meeting where they were able to review firearm safety rules, pattern their shotguns and receive information on how to hunt wild turkeys.
The hunt began at 5:00AM on Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Day where all eight youth hunters were able to be in the woods early in the morning to hear birds gobbling on the roost. Several of the youth observed turkeys during the hunt but were not able to harvest a bird. Two of the youth hunters were successful and bagged a gobbler. To conclude the event, all participants and volunteers were treated to a lunch from Subway restaurant. All the youth hunters expressed excitement and are looking forward to their next hunt. The Lee County Strutters would like to thank everyone who made this event a success.