Verbatim statement issued Wednesday:
Conservation Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources encourage youth turkey hunters participating in the April 23 and 24 youth season to review the following basic hunting safety guidelines and laws before going afield.
– Do not load your firearm until ready to use. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction, and keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
– Always remember that other hunters or persons may be present in the area.
– Choose a hunting position that gives you a good field of view, not only of an approaching turkey, but also of other hunters who may be in the area.
– Call out or whistle to other hunters who may approach; never wave or stand up.
– Never wear clothing or use accessories that are red, white or blue. A gobbler turkey head can be any and all of these three colors.
– Always identify your target and what is beyond before taking a shot. Never shoot at movement or sound.
– Always use a flashlight when walking in the dark; it reduces the risk of being mistaken for game by someone else.
Persons 17 years old or younger may hunt wild turkeys during the 2011 spring youth turkey hunt but must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. The youth may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow or crossbow and must be properly licensed.
Wild turkeys may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours may vary on some state properties.