MDC invites first-time youth deer hunters to free mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake

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MONROE CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites new youth deer hunters to register for a free deer clinic and mentored hunt Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 at Mark Twain Lake.

Participants will learn about deer biology and habitat, hunting safety, ammunition and firearm selection, how to improve hunting and shooting skills, as well as regulations, and methods.

Each youth participant must be accompanied at the hunt by a parent or adult guardian who will hunt together with an experienced hunting mentor provided by MDC. MDC will provide firearms and ammunition, but participants are welcome to bring their own cased and unloaded firearms if they wish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide cots and camping gear at deer camp for those who don’t have their own, and Whitetails Unlimited will provide lunch at no cost to participants.

“Indian Creek Recreation Area is closed to public hunting, which provides unique opportunities for new and novice, youth, and disabled hunters,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. “The Corps staff are great partners that love helping introduce hunting opportunities to Missouri citizens.”

Participation in the hunt is limited to youths age 6-15 years old at the time of the hunt, who have never Telechecked a deer.

Space is limited for this mentored hunting opportunity. To attend, participants must register no later than Nov. 15 at For more information, contact Garver at or (660) 785-2420.

MDC Discover Nature programs, such as this workshop, aim to help Missourians explore nature and master outdoor skills together.  To learn more about other Discover Nature programs, visit