MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is teaching people to hunt for their own wild turkeys, as part of an effort to increase interest in hunting and bolster support for wild land and conservation.

Reports say food co-ops have been helping increase interest in deer and turkeys among people who want to know where their food comes from.

The DNR recently hosted a class on turkey calls at a Minneapolis co-op. And it is hosting a hands-on primer at five locations in May.

Wild turkeys were introduced in Minnesota in 1973 at the urging of hunters. The birds are now widespread.

Josh Dahlke of the National Wild Turkey Federation says turkeys offer an easy entry into hunting, as the birds are easy to find.