MDC invites public to learn about turkey hunting basics

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Spring turkey hunting involves a variety of skills. Knowing how to locate a gobbler and call him into range, knowing how to handle firearms in a safe fashion, and understanding the turkey hunting regulations are all parts of a successful and safe hunt.

Hunters can learn more about the fundamentals of this popular spring pastime at a free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) clinic from 6-10 p.m. April 3 at MDC’s Walter Woods Conservation Area in Newton County. Topics covered at these programs will include calling, locating, firearms safety, hunt preparation, identifying legal birds and improving your shooting skills. People can register for this program at:

To get to Walter Woods Conservation Area, take Newton County Highway NN south from Redings Mill for 1.25 miles, then turn west on Dutch Elm Drive, which leads to the area. This workshop will provide good preparation for those wishing to participate in Missouri’s youth-only turkey season, April 6-7, or the state’s regular spring turkey season, April 15-May 5.

People can learn about other events organized by MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center by calling 417-629-3434. More information about turkey hunting can be found at