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Youth hunters posing with their harvested doves.
MDC invites youth ages 8-15 to attend a free dove hunting clinic and hunt Sept. 1-2 at Prairie Fork Conservation Area.

MDC invites youth to free dove clinic and hunt at Prairie Fork Conservation Area

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Aug 16, 2017

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 2017 dove season. 

The event, for kids ages 8-15, will begin at Prairie Fork Conservation Area with a dove clinic on Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 – 7 p.m., and dinner to follow. Then, participants can enjoy a hunt on Saturday, Sept. 2. 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. 

“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. 25. To register, or to learn more about this event contact Nicky Walker at (573) 254-3330 or

Participants should bring a properly licensed adult mentor. If a mentor is not available, one will be provided.   

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