MDC invites youth to dove clinic and hunt at Prairie Fork Conservation Area Sept. 2-3

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation to introduce youth to dove hunting basics at a free clinic and hunt on opening weekend of the 2016 dove season. 

The event, for kids ages 8-15, will begin at Prairie Fork Conservation Area with a dove clinic on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., followed by a mentored hunt on Saturday, Sept. 3. At the clinic, youth will learn the basics of dove hunting, firearms safety, and shooting skills. Participants must attend the clinic in order to participate in the Saturday hunt. 

Participants must have completed hunter education certification prior to the event and should bring a properly licensed adult mentor. If a mentor is not available, one will be provided.  

“This is one of my favorite yearly activities that MDC provides for youth hunters,” said MDC Wildlife Biologist Nicky Walker. “Youth hunters will see several birds working our managed dove fields, learn proper bird identification, and hunting ethics in the field. Overall, it is an excellent opportunity for us to help Missourians explore nature and master outdoor skills together.”

Limited space is available, and participants need to register by Aug. 26. To register, or to learn more about this event, contact Walker at (573) 254-3330 or For more information about other upcoming events, go to