Application deadline is Friday for girls and boys who want to participate in the local Learn to Hunt Turkeys program.

The program is geared for kids who have little or no experience hunting. It is sponsored by the Rice Lake Rod & Gun Club, Department of Natural Resources and National Wild Turkey Federation.

Prospective young hunters must have completed a DNR Hunter's Safety program and are required to type a short essay explaining why they should be selected for the Learn to Hunt program. The paper should be double-spaced and no more than one page in length.

An application cover letter with the essay should include youth's name, birth date, parents' name, address, phone number and school district.

The essay will be a determining factor in who is selected. Preference will be given to first-time turkey hunters who do not have the means, knowledge or contacts to go hunting.

Applications should be mailed to Travis Ebner at 1536 29 1/2 St., Rice Lake, WI 54868, or e-mailed to "" Applications may be dropped off to Ebner at Cameron Middle School.

Boys and girls selected will be assigned a mentor who will assist the youth in the hunt.

Participants must attend a turkey hunting education seminar Sunday, March 29, from 1-4 p.m. at Cameron Middle School.Hunting days will follow on Friday and Saturday, April 3-4. Hunters and their mentors will return to the Rice Lake Rod and Gun Club by 2 p.m. on April 4 for photos and a free lunch, to which hunters' families are invited.

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