MDC program in Joplin highlights turkey hunting basics

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Spring turkey hunting involves a variety of skills. Knowing how to locate a gobbler, calling him into shotgun range, handling your firearm in a safe fashion and knowing the regulations are all parts of a successful and safe hunt.

Hunters can learn more about the fundamentals of this popular spring pastime at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) clinic "Beginning Turkey Hunting" on April 1 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Joplin. This free clinic, which will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is for individuals of all ages. The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is located at 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin.

Topics covered at this seminar include calling, locating, firearms safety, hunt preparation, how to call a turkey, identifying legal birds and how to improve your shooting skills. This clinic will be good preparation for those wishing to participate in either Missouri's youth-only turkey season, April 11-12, or the state's regular spring turkey season, April 20-May 10.

To register or to get more information about this program, call MDC's Joplin Office at 417-629-3423.