Kansas City, Mo. – Turkey hunting is popular because it combines a forest’s beauty in springtime with a wary gamebird that can shatter the morning quiet with a ground-shaking gobble. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer free Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshops this spring in the Kansas City area to teach basic hunting skills, equipment and techniques.
MDC staff will teach participants about types of turkey calls used during the spring season. Clothing and gear will be discussed. The workshop will provide tips on shotguns and shells, strategies, hunting regulations, and places to hunt.
The workshops will be offered in advance of turkey seasons. Missouri’s youth turkey hunting season for hunters ages 6-15 will be the weekend of April 8-9. The regular spring turkey season runs three weeks from April 17 through May 7.
Registration begins March 1 for an Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, in Blue Springs. The workshop will be held 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, March 25. The workshop is for ages 11 and up. Youths ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, call 816-228-3766.
MDC’s Parma Woods Shooting Range will offer an Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Participants will learn about turkey biology as well as hunting skills. The range is at 15900 N.W. River Road, Parkville. The workshop is open to participants age 8 or older. Registration is required by calling 816-891-9941.
MDC’s Lake City Shooting Range will offer Introduction to Turkey Hunting 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. This workshop will also offer time on the shooting range. Participants can bring their shotgun and favorite turkey loads. Range time can help hunters estimate effective shooting distances. Registration is required by 816-249-3194.