DNR Promotes Wild Turkey Hunt

Aims to Spur Interest in the Bird

(AP) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is teaching people to hunt for their own wild turkeys.

It’s part of an effort to increase interest in hunting and bolster support for wild land and conservation.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported that food co-ops have been helping increase interest in deer and turkeys among people who want to know where their food comes from.

The DNR recently hosted a class on turkey calls at a Minneapolis co-op.

The organization will host a hands-on primer at five locations in May.

Wild turkeys were introduced in Minnesota in 1973 at the urging of hunters.

The birds are now widespread.

Josh Dahlke of the National Wild Turkey Federation said turkeys offer an easy entry into hunting, as the birds are easy to find.

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