Turkey Hunting San Diego Style

Two-day event designed to teach young hunters responsibility, stewardship of nature!--By Christopher Cadelago

A group of mentored youth will for the first time be allowed to shoot wild turkey on county parkland under a proposal approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Supervisors voted 4-1 to permit firearms and archery equipment at William Heise Regional Park in Julian for a two-day, juniors-only hunt. The San Diego Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will instruct six children about wild turkey behavior and teach the youths how to become responsible and ethical stewards of nature.

The hunting event, which park officials say would have negligible effects on habitat, is a major step forward for fish and game enthusiasts who for years have fought to use large stretches of rural backcountry to hone their skills. Critics charged that the event would give the impression that slaughter is preferable to nurture or other nonviolent solutions.

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