The 16th annual Bart Jacob Memorial Youth Turkey Calling Contest was held at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton on Saturday. Eighteen youths between the ages of 2 and 17 competed, using devices to yelp, cluck and purr like a female turkey. The event was sponsored by the Oxbow Mountain 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The organizers hope it will help pass hunting traditions on to younger people. The event is a precursor to the spring hunting season and the Youth Turkey Weekend, which is April 23 and 24.
Eva met some of the competitors and got a lesson in turkey calls from National 4-H Shooting Sports teen ambassador Colby Butler, who has been hunting since he was 6 or 7.