Rhode Island Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

New in 2020!


Rhode Island Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

April 24-25, 2020

We are beyond EXCITED to announce that we will be rolling out a new program in 2020 which will greatly impact the youth on the East Coast where Matt and his family reside! We have had nothing but success since 2008 with our Ohio Youth Wild Turkey Hunt so when we were approached by Jessica Pena from Turkey Chicks and the passionate employees of The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to offer it in Rhode Island, we thought, why not! This one of a kind program will now also take place in Rhode Island in the vicinity of Addieville East Farms, a place that Matt is very fond of and a place that has supported The Light Foundation since the beginning and is the home of our annual Celebrity Shootout!

Part of the Light Foundation’s mission is to provide the youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential and this program will do just that and more! Spring turkey hunts are always a challenge but there’s nothing like a big Tom gobbling on the run!  So we encourage youth ages 12-15 to apply for the opportunity to join us for a great hunting experience on Saturday, April 25, 2020. We will kick off the weekend on Friday night April 24, 2020 with dinner at Addieville East Farms and continue through Saturday evening.

Are you a youth between the ages of 12-15? If so, we want you to apply! You’re not going to want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. We encourage you to complete the application below.  If you are selected to participate, be prepared to pack a bag and get ready for a wild weekend adventure you will never forget! Don’t worry about being an inexperienced hunter; our awesome guides will get you close… unless your guide is Matt Light, he’s been known to chase the birds slowly in a moving blind, the way the Flintstones powered their car back in the day! In all seriousness, we will provide you with all the tools you need for a successful hunt, but it will be up to you to bag a bird!

Are you interested in helping us get the youth excited about the outdoors? We would love for you to partner with us in 2020! Lets get these youth into the woods and encourage them to connect and explore the outdoors, give them the opportunity to experience things they may have never experienced before, and lead them down the path to becoming outdoor enthusiasts. Our team longs to preserve the sport and is eager to encourage these youth to become lifelong hunters. You can get involved by sponsoring a hunter, by being an event sponsor, by volunteering to help carry out the program, or by offering in-kind donations. April Brubaker, The Light Foundation’s Program Director, would love to talk with you about these opportunities and more, please contact her via email or phone at april@mattlight72.com / (937) 316-6352.

Important Info

Application Requirements
1. Must be age 12 through 15 on day of the hunt
2. Able to present a valid Youth 2020 Rhode Island Hunting License & Turkey Tag. For details please visit Rhode Island’s DEM website: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/
3. Complete the Youth Wild Turkey Hunt application to its entirety by April 1, 2020.

Matt has been thinking a lot about the number of kids who battle depression, isolation, and not really connecting. He feels it’s good to get kids to understand that they are not alone and that sports like hunting can really bring the best of themselves out while also being a fun time! This year’s topic will give kids a way to open-up about how they view themselves.

People say that believing in yourself is important and that having positive self-esteem is healthy. If that’s true, why? How does self-esteem play a role in your life? Do you ever feel like it’s difficult to view yourself in a positive way?

These questions are designed to get you thinking about how you view yourself and to understand that we all struggle from time to time, but keeping a healthy, positive self-image is something that helps us balance our lives. Are there people in your life that positively influence your self-esteem? Are there people who model great belief in themselves? How does that help them work through things in life?

• Page 1 – We would like for you to write a letter to yourself about how you see yourself.
• Page 2 – We would like for you to write a letter to the Light Foundation about how you believe others see you.
• Page 3 – Describe how these two things relate to each other and what does it say about a healthy-self-image.

• Selected applicants will be notified by Friday, April 10, 2020.
• Additional details will be mailed to the selected applicants once they are chosen.
• Please note that The Light Foundation is not responsible for travel reimbursement.  


  • If you have any questions, please contact: Program Director/ April Brubaker / (937) 316-6352 / april@mattlight72.com


Deadline to apply is April 1, 2020


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  • Please upload a letter to yourself about how you see yourself, a letter about how you believe others see you, and a page describing how these two things relate to each other and what it says about a healthy self-image.
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