Discover Nature with MDC at youth turkey clinic in Boone County

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites young hunters to discover nature and learn more about turkey hunting at a free youth turkey clinic Tuesday, April 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MDC E. Sydney Stephens Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center in Columbia.

Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and shotgun for turkey hunting, how to improve their hunting and shooting skills, how to properly pattern their shotgun, how to call turkeys, and how to use decoys during the hunt.

Those attending the clinic will also have an opportunity to submit their name for a youth turkey hunt. The turkey hunt will take place on April 12 in Boone County. Any first time youth turkey hunter, ages 11 to 15 and who is hunter education certified, is eligible to apply. All selected participants must be accompanied by a parent or adult mentor age 18 or older.

“Missouri hunters annually harvest more than 50,000 wild turkeys, leading to the state being known as one of the best places for chasing springtime gobblers,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “Turkey hunting is an excellent activity to get kids outdoors and experience spring in the Missouri woods, and this class will set the stage for developing this lifetime skill.”

For more information about the clinic or youth hunt, contact Flowers at or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.

The Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center is conveniently located off of U.S. Highway 63 just west of the Discovery Parkway exit on the south side of East Gans Road.

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