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Turkey Hunting Seminar March 31 - Batsto Village


February 27, 2018

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NJNWTF) will be hosting a Wild Turkey Hunting Seminar on Saturday, March 31 at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County. The seminar will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until approximately 1:00 pm. Admission to this seminar is free of charge. Participants of all ages and turkey hunting skill levels are encouraged to attend.

The seminar will be conducted by Lou Gambale, NJNWTF president and Save the Habitat/Save the Hunt coordinator. This seminar will blanket a range of topics from before the hunt to after the shot. This includes hunting site selection and scouting tips, turkey feeding habitats and food sources, equipment selection, calling tactics, and field processing. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal calls for a turkey-calling clinic following the seminar. Lou will be demonstrating with a variety of calls and allow participants to try their turkey calling skills with a variety of box, slate, and air-operated calls.

Capacity is limited in the auditorium. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated. Individuals can pre-register by e-mailing Please include your name, phone number, and the number of people attending.


Historic Batsto Village is located on Route 542 in Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County. It is about 45 miles southeast of Philadelphia and approximately 25 miles northwest of Atlantic City. The nearest town is Hammonton, NJ 08037, which is about 8 miles to the west.

Directions via MapQuest.

Parkway Directions from South Jersey
Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit #50 (New Gretna), exit to Route 9 North to a Citgo Gas Station. Turn left onto Route 542, continue for 12 miles; Batsto Village is on the right.

Parkway Directions from North Jersey
Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit #52 (New Gretna). Turn right at stop sign onto E. Greenbush Road. Make left at next stop sign. Go over two small wooden bridges. Pilgrim Lake Campground will be on the right. Make left onto Leektown Road. Continue 2 miles to a stop sign. Stay straight on Leektown Road. Continue 3 miles to stop sign. Turn right onto Route 542 West. Stay on 542 for approximately 9 miles. Batsto Village is on the right.

From Trenton/Mt. Holly Area
Take Route 206 South to mile marker #3 and make a left onto Route 613. Continue on 613 and make left onto Route 693. Follow 693 until the road ends and make left onto Route 542; Batsto Village is on your left.

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