Discover nature with MDC at youth dove hunt in Callaway County

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WILLIAMSBURG, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites youth to discover nature with a youth dove hunt on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 3 p.m. to sunset at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area (CA) in Williamsburg. All participants must attend a mandatory clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Whetstone Creek CA. The hunt is free, but registration is required by Aug. 26 and is limited to the first 25 participants.

The clinic will consist of information on dove biology and management practices, regulations, dove hunting strategies, safety, wing shooting practice, and distance judging. This program is open to youth ages 8 to 15 and their parent or adult mentor. Youth must be hunter education certified or accompanied by a hunter education certified adult

"This type of hunting is not like your normal deer/turkey hunting, where you sit for hours waiting for one animal to walk by," said MDC Wildlife Management Biologist Jeff Demand. "Dove hunting can be a fast paced, exciting sport with little down time to rest. This keeps kids alert and always on the lookout for their next target."

To register or for more information, call the MDC Whetstone Creek CA office at 573-254-3330.

Whetstone Creek CA is located near Williamsburg. From I-70 Williamsburg exit 161, take Route D north to the stop sign. Turn west and continue on Route D to County Road 1003. Go north two miles on County Road 1003 to the entrance.

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