MDC offers free spring turkey hunting classes in Kansas City

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free classes on how to hunt wild turkeys in the spring season at three locations in the Kansas City area. Participants will gain the skills to enjoy one of hunting’s most exciting challenges. Missouri's spring youth turkey hunting season is April 6-7, and the regular spring turkey hunting season is April 15-May 5.

MDC’s Burr Oak Woods Nature Center will offer an introduction to turkey hunting session from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. Experts will explain where to hunt turkeys, tactics, what equipment is needed, and safety. This class is open to participants age 11 and older. Youths ages 11-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Registration is required.To register, visit the MDC online events signup page, For information, call 816-228-3766.

The Parma Woods Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center will offer a free class on turkey hunting basics from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 31, 15900 N.W. River Road in Parkville. This class will also discuss wild turkey biology, hunting tactics, gear, regulations, and where to hunt. Participants must be age 8 or older. Registration is required. To register, visit the MDC online events signup page, For more information, call 816-891-9941.

MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center will celebrate tom turkeys gobbling in the spring with a free Wild Turkey in Missouri workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Staff will discuss the history of wild turkey restoration, how to use turkey calls, hunting methods, and safety precautions. This workshop is offered to all ages on a walk-in basis. Children can make some turkey art using real turkey feathers. The Gorman Discovery Center is at 4750 Troost Ave. in the heart of Kansas City. For information, call 816-759-7300.

Missouri enjoys a rich turkey hunting heritage. Many MDC conservation areas offer public access for turkey hunting. MDC’s MO Hunting app offers quick access via digital devices to information about regulations, permits, and public lands. Visit