MDC offers youth deer clinic, hunt for beginners at Mark Twain Lake Nov. 23-25

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INDIAN CREEK, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer youth hunters an opportunity to learn about deer biology, management, and hunting tactics followed by a mentored hunt at Mark Twain Lake this November.

“Learn from experienced instructors wildlife identification, habits and habitats, regulations, safety, hunting strategies, equipment and game care, and increase your success in the field,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. 

The event will begin with a mandatory deer clinic from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at Mark Twain Lake’s Indian Creek Recreation Area. Here, participants will learn about firearms safety, deer hunting tactics, deer biology and management, and sight-in deer rifles at the shooting range.

Mentored hunts will take place 5 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and 5 a.m. – noon on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Located just south of Monroe City, Indian Creek Recreation Area is closed to public hunting, which provides unique opportunities for new and novice, youth, and disabled hunters. MDC partners with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Whitetails Unlimited, and other conservation partners to help introduce beginners to hunting opportunities in northeast Missouri.

This program, for youth ages 6-15 years old is FREE to participants. Mentors, equipment, lunch, and deer camp will be provided at no cost. Equipment including firearms and ammunition will also be available for those who need it.

Space is limited in this program and participants must apply for the chance to attend. Apply early at Registration closes Nov. 16. All applicants will receive notification of application status, and those selected to participate will receive detailed agendas.

For more information about this educational hunting opportunity, contact Rob Garver at, or (660) 785-2420.