MDC invites first-time youth turkey hunters to free clinic in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a free youth turkey hunting clinic on Saturday, April 1, followed by a mentored hunt the weekend of April 8 – 9. The clinic will take place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the MDC Central Region Office, 3500 East Gans Road in Columbia. Attendees will also draw for an opportunity to participate in a free mentored turkey hunt April 8 – 9.

The clinic, designed for first-time turkey hunters ages 10 – 15 years, will teach turkey hunting basics, such as:

  • Turkey hunting safety,
  • Use of camouflage,
  • How to select the best ammunition and shotgun for turkey hunting,
  • How to properly pattern a shotgun,
  • How to improve hunting and shooting skills, and
  • How to call turkeys and use decoys.

“Especially for first time hunters, turkeys can be tricky,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Brian Flowers. “These clinics provide youth an opportunity to learn how to set-up properly, use a call effectively, and discover the joys of turkey hunting.”

All participants must be accompanied at the clinic by a parent or adult mentor, age 18 years or older.  Participation in the mentored hunt is limited to first-time youth turkey hunters, ages 10-15, who have never purchased a turkey hunting permit.

Space in the clinic is limited, and attendees must pre-register by March 27 by contacting Brian Flowers at or (573)815-7901, ext. 2867. 

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