MDC hosting predator hunting basics workshop in Columbia on March 12

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Do you have an interest in predator hunting, but not sure where to start? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting a Coyote Calling and Predator Hunting Basics workshop from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 East Gans Road in Columbia.

The class is free, but registration is required by March 10.

MDC staff will discuss aspects of predator hunting in Missouri, including coyote and bobcats. The workshop will cover tactics, calling techniques, firearms, and safety for hunting these illusive predators. Participants will also learn techniques and strategies for bringing predators into gun range.

"Learning to call in a coyote or other predator can be very challenging," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. "Hunters must use their knowledge of the animals biology, scent control, camouflage, and calling skills to successfully outwit a predator."

The class is open to adults and children 11 and older. Those ages 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To register or for more information, contact Flowers at or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.

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

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