MDC helps grow new generation of turkey hunters, conservationists

News from the region
Published Date

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) helped a new generation of turkey hunters discover the joys of the hunt over the weekend.  A mentored hunt in northeast Missouri ensured plenty of opportunities for interested youth to learn from some of the state’s leading turkey experts. 

In Kahoka, MDC turkey experts spent an evening helping young newcomers learn the basics of shooting safety, turkey calling, habitat and biology, and rules and regulations before heading out to hunt with guides in the morning. 

“Eleven kids participated in the youth event for turkey season.  Seven harvested birds, and all had a good time,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver.  “These clinics teach valuable skills to first-time turkey hunters, and help kids discover the joys of the hunt.” 

Find upcoming hunter education courses, skills workshops, and mentored hunts at

To learn more about spring turkey hunting, and ongoing efforts by MDC to sustain healthy wildlife resources, visit