MDC to hold youth turkey clinic, hunt in Clark Co. April 8 – 9

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free youth turkey hunting clinic on Friday, April 8, followed by a guided hunt on Saturday, April 9. The clinic will take place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Fox River Gun Club in Kahoka.

The clinic, designed for first-time turkey hunters, ages 11 – 15 years, will teach turkey hunting basics, such as:

  • How to select the best ammunition and shotgun for turkey hunting
  • How to improve hunting and shooting skills
  • How to call turkeys and use decoys

"This is an awesome opportunity for new hunters to go turkey hunting with an experienced guide, learn about turkeys, and maybe even harvest one," 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."

At the clinic, youth hunters will practice shooting shotguns and calling-in turkeys, and will meet their hunting guides. Each hunter must attend the clinic on April 8 in order to participate in the hunt on April 9.

Saturday, April 9, the kids will start the morning early by going hunting with their guides. Lunch will be provided after the hunt, and a group picture will follow. MDC will provide shotguns and ammunition to those who need them.

Space is limited, and interested parties must register for this free, fun, and educational event no later than March 31. To register, call (660) 785-2420, or email For more information, contact Clark County Conservation Agent Rudd Binsbacher at (660) 341-1595.