The Pennsylvania Game Commission will put on a Successful Turkey Hunting advanced training class Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oil City Izaak Walton League, Deep Hollow Road, Oil City.
Participants will learn orienteering skills, shot selection methods, basic and advanced calling techniques — including a call to take home after the class — plus scouting methods and hunting techniques, including the effective use of decoys.
Instructors also teach how to fine-tune the eye and shotgun to consistently bag more birds. Participants should bring a 12-gauge or 20-gauge to class for use on the range. Ammunition will be provided, as will a shotgun for those who do not have one.
The program is a voluntary, advanced, one-day hunter education training program. Registration fee is $15 and seating is limited. Register at www.pgc.state.pa.us
To receive a training certificate recognized by other states or provinces, students must pass an open-book, written exam at the conclusion of the class.
Before attending, individuals must complete the independent-study part of this program. To receive a hard-copy of the study materials, contact the Game Commission’s Hunter-Trapper Education Division at (717) 787-7015 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to request a printed version of the “Successful Turkey Hunting Student Manual.” The independent-study part of the training will take about 6 to 8 hours to complete.
Another course is scheduled Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mars Rod & Gun Club, 141 Cashdollar Road, in Mars, Butler County.