JEFFERSON CITY–Shooting that first turkey is a landmark event in a young hunter’s life. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) helps turn such milestones into mementoes.
MDC’s First Turkey Program gives participants free commemorative certificates suitable for framing. You can even add a photo of the proud hunter with his or her bird. This tangible recognition of young hunters’ achievements provides permanent reminders that can either substitute for or complement a taxidermist’s mount. To create a first-turkey certificate, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/node/10469. The same site has forms for a youth’s first deer as well as first deer/turkey certificates for adults.
The parallel program for anglers is the First Fish Program. The First-Fish certificate form is available at www.mdc.mo.gov/node/10474.
Missouri remains a national leader in hunter and angler recruitment because of successful youth programs, hunter education, low cost permits and other efforts to promote hunting and fishing as healthful, sustainable outdoor activities.