MDC’s Busch Shooting Range to offer turkey hunting class for beginners April 12

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DEFIANCE, Mo.—Missouri is well-known for its outstanding turkey hunting.  That makes spring turkey season one of the most anticipated hunting seasons in the Show-Me-State.  These wary birds may present a challenge but beginning turkey hunters should not be intimidated by the sport. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites new hunters to an Introduction to Turkey Hunting program Tuesday, April 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance.  This class is free and open to ages 9 and up.  With the spring season beginning April 18, now is the perfect time to get prepared.

“This program will introduce turkey hunting techniques and calling for beginners, so they can get started hunting these elusive birds,” said MDC August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center Manager Bryant Hertel.

This multi-faceted program will prepare new turkey hunters for success.  It will cover what kinds of habitat are best for finding turkeys, basic hunting and shooting safety, and firearm selection and shotgun patterning.  Participants will get an introduction to the most popular turkey calls and effective calling techniques, including practical tips on when and how often to call.  MDC staff will also discuss other useful gear to help beginning hunters be successful, like clothing options, and use of hunting blinds and decoys.

Introduction to Turkey Hunting is a free program, but advanced online registration is required at

The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94 in Defiance. 

As this is an in-person activity, MDC asks all participants to observe any current local social distancing and masking guidelines. 

Program registrants should note that families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own which will streamline the program registration process.  Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children to an event without having to logoff and login for each person.  This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members to an event at the same time. 

Stay informed of MDC latest programs by going to the MDC St. Louis regional events page at