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Apply by Friday for Turnbull Refuge youth waterfowl hunts

Cody Hoseth, 16, of Mead, demonstrates to his stepbrother, Joey Zemke, 13, and Zack Sawchuk, 12,  behind Zemke, how difficult a shot it would be if waterfowl landed to the right of their hunting blind at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.  (Dan Pelle)
Cody Hoseth, 16, of Mead, demonstrates to his stepbrother, Joey Zemke, 13, and Zack Sawchuk, 12, behind Zemke, how difficult a shot it would be if waterfowl landed to the right of their hunting blind at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. (Dan Pelle)

WATERFOWLING -- Youths up to age 16 who've passed their hunter education requirements have until Friday, Aug. 15, to enter a drawing for a blind in the 2014 Youth Waterfowl Hunt at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open up to eight hunting blinds at the Cheney-area refuge to a limited-entry hunt during Washington's Sept. 20-21 youth-only waterfowl season.

Two hunters under the age of 16 and the accompanying non-hunting adults (at least 18 years of age) will be allowed at each site.

Hunters will be selected by a random drawing. Applications, one per hunter, are being accepted at the Refuge or by mail through Friday.

Submit applications on a standard U.S. Postal Service postcard and include the youth’s full name, address and telephone
number.

Youths may apply with a youth friend or youth sibling on the same application.

Mail postcards to Refuge Manager, Turnbull NWR, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney, WA, 99004.

Drawing results will be posted on the Refuge website and letters of confirmation and a youth waterfowl hunt brochure will be mailed to selected youths by the end of August.

A workshop will be held in partnership with the Spokane Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association to select hunting sites and provide waterfowl identification and hunting tips on the Saturday prior to the hunt.

Youths under 16 need a state hunting license and migratory bird validation but not a federal migratory waterfowl stamp.

Info: Turnbull Refuge headquarters, (509) 235-4723.




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