MDC welcomes champion caller Keith Wahlig to Jay Henges Range for youth deer calling and scent clinic

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High Ridge, Mo. — As a hunter, have you ever wished you could talk to and understand deer? Whitetail deer have their own "language," and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering aspiring hunters the chance to learn to understand it.

MDC welcomes Knight & Hale Pro Staffer and Champion Caller Keith Wahlig for a Youth Deer Calling and Scent Use Clinic. The clinic takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at MDC's Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge. The event is free and geared to youths age 6 to 15.

Wahlig, an avid bow hunter, will explain how deer communicate with each other by using scent, vocalizations, and other sounds. He'll show beginning hunters how using this knowledge as a hunting tool can help make a hunt more successful. Wahlig will cover what sounds or scents to use, and how much and when to use them to help lure in wary whitetails. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the "language" of deer and how to prepare for their hunt.

Seating for the Youth Deer Calling and Scent Use Clinic is limited. Pre-registration is required and all youths must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 636-938-9548, or email

Wahlig has been a pro caller and hunter for 25 years. He has received numerous awards, including the Grand Nationals, U.S. Open Gobbling Champion, Missouri State Open, Iowa State Open, Southeast Missouri State Open Champion, among others. He travels the Midwest as a seminar speaker and has appeared on the Outdoor Channel's Knight & Hale Ultimate Hunting Outdoor TV Show.

The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located along I-44 at 1100 Antire Road in High Ridge. For more information about the range, visit