Discover Nature with MDC at youth turkey hunt April 11-12 in NEMO

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. A spring turkey hunt can be an exciting way to discover nature and enjoy Missouri's outdoors. But for some kids, they might not have a mentor to take them or even a good spot to go.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites first time youth hunters to discover nature with a youth turkey clinic and hunt on April 11-12 in Northeast Missouri. Participants must be ages 11 to 15. A hunter education course will be offered at 9 a.m. on April 11 at the MDC Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville. The clinic will follow in the afternoon. All kids participating must be hunter education certified. The hunt will take place at sunrise on April 12 in Northeast Missouri.

The clinic will consist of turkey biology, habitat management, calling, and decoying. Lunch will be provided after the hunter-education class and before the afternoon clinic. Shotguns and ammunition will be available for youths to use on the hunt.

"This is a great opportunity for kids who aren't hunter-education certified but are interested in hunting," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. "We will have experienced guides with our young hunters and with a little luck, everyone will be able to have the success of taking a turkey home."

The youth turkey hunt is co-sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The MDC Northeast Regional Office is located just south of Kirksville on Highway 63.

For information or to register call 660-785-2424 or send an e-mail to Registration by April 9 is required.

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