MDC offers free turkey hunting skill classes in KC area

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Kansas City, Mo. – Wild tom turkeys welcome spring sunrises with gobbles intended as lures for mates and warnings for rivals. The rolling, guttural gobbles may waft softly through the woods. Or, if you’re turkey hunting and they’ve snuck near your concealed position, the gobble may seem like a ground-shaking roar. Surprises make hunting wild turkeys exciting, and Missouri is a great place to hunt the avian monarch of the forest. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers classes that enable newcomers to learn basic turkey hunting skills.

Three turkey hunting classes are scheduled this spring in the Kansas City metro area. All classes are free but registration is required. Participants will learn how to scout for turkeys, calls to attract toms, use of blinds and decoys, patterning shotguns, and turkey hunting safety.

The turkey tips season kicks off when MDC’s Burr Oak Woods Nature Center offers Introduction to Turkey Hunting 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 26. To register or for more information, call 816-228-3766  or visit

MDC’s Parma Woods Shooting Range at Parkville will offer an Introduction to Turkey Hunting class 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.  To register, call 816-891-9941 or visit

The Lake City Shooting Range near Buckner will offer an Introduction to Turkey Hunting class 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. The range at 28505 E. Truman Road will also offer instruction on patterning shotguns for turkey hunting 5 to 8:30 p.m. on April 13, and 9 to 11:30 a.m. on April 17. For more information or to register, call 816-249-3194 or visit

Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors in Missouri, and the connection with nature is one reason why turkey hunting is a popular sport. Missouri’s youth spring turkey hunting season is April 9-10 for hunters age 6-15. The regular spring turkey hunting season will be April 18-May 8. For more information, visit