Discover Nature with MDC at youth dove hunt

News from the region
Published Date

LaBelle, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites youth to discover nature with a youth dove hunt on Sept. 1 from sunrise – 1 p.m. at LaBelle Lake Conservation Area (CA) in Lewis County. Participants must be age 11 to 15, hunter education certified and attends a mandatory clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, at LaBelle Lake CA.

The clinic will consist of information on dove management practices, regulations, dove hunting strategies, safety, wing shooting practice and distance judging. Shotguns and ammunition will be available for youths to use on the hunt. They are also welcome to bring their own shotguns.

“The youth dove hunt is one of my favorite annual events,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. “The kids do lots of shooting and we have a sunflower field all to ourselves for good, safe fun.”

The MDC’s “Discover Hunting” programs are an ongoing series of seminars designed to help both youths and adults learn the techniques, regulations and ethics involved with the state’s hunting activities.

LaBelle Lake CA is located two miles south of LaBelle on Route D, then 0.6 of a mile east on gravel road 212.

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 15 participants. For information or to register, call the MDC North East Regional office 660-785-2420 by August 27.