CONCORD — Get ready for a great spring gobbler season by coming to a free talk on turkey hunting at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord on April 7.¬ 

The talk begins at 7 p.m. There is no charge, but preregistration is required. Reserve a space by calling 271-6355. Attendees will not receive confirmation unless the program is at capacity.¬ 

"Inside Turkey Hunting" brings together Bill Devon of Quaker Boy Calls and "Big Daddy" David Smith, a hunting guide, to share the insights of their combined 50-plus years of hunting these crafty birds.

This seminar will provide tips for any turkey hunter, new or experienced.¬ Devon and Smith will prepare participants for a successful turkey season with pre-season tips, including scouting, patterning your shotgun, call maintenance and locating turkeys.

They also will cover basic equipment needs, explain the types of calls and demonstrate different calls. You'll hear about safety in turkey hunting, preparing your bird for¬ taxidermy or cooking it. Bring questions.¬ 

Devon gives turkey hunting seminars at sportsmen's shows, clubs and shops, as well as events for National Wild Turkey Federation chapters. He is on the Quaker Boy Game Calls Pro-Staff and currently is president of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Devon has taken turkeys in nine states and Mexico, giving him "Royal Slam" status.¬ 

Smith is the owner/operator of Double "D" Guide Service¬ of Dover.¬ He is a registered Maine guide, a licensed New Hampshire guide and has guided professionally in Florida and Vermont. One of Knight and Hales Elite Pro-Staffers, he gives turkey hunting seminars throughout New England. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The turkey hunting talk is part of Fish and Game's free Wednesday night speaker series on outdoor topics. Future sessions include a fishing talk called "Streamside Strategies" with Angus Boezeman on April 14 and "Canoe and Kayak the Northern Trail" on April 28.¬ All talks are at 7 p.m. at the Fish and Game Department.

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