Turkey festival draws more than 200 at Baldwin

BALDWIN — The annual wild Turkey Hunting Festival at Baldwin High School on Saturday attracted more than 200 individuals, said Jim Maturen of the Pere Marquette Chapter of the Wild Turkey Hunting Federation.

The guest speaker was Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason.

“He talked about all kinds of things,” Maturen said. “How many times does the average guy have a chance to look the wildlife division chief in the eye and ask him a question? There were a lot of good questions asked and he’s pretty straight and forward. For an hour, it was a whole gambit of things. There was one question after another.”

Maturen was encouraged with the turnout of families and youngsters.

“What we really like to do is get the kids there,” he said. “We had 20 people more than we did last year. We try to make it affordable. We want to make this something you can bring the family. We want to get the kids involved. This year was the first year we had a youth only class, only for kids.

“That’s our future. We have to get our kids involved. We try to have something so kids will come back next year. The calling contest is always a draw for the kids. We try to make it a fun event and keep it going and make it interesting for everybody.”