The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free youth turkey hunting and outdoor skills clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the University of Central Missouri shooting range, 454 Division Street, in Warrensburg. This clinic is for youths ages 8-15. The youths must be accompanied by an adult.

Experts will teach participants about hunting wild turkeys. Topics will include hunting strategies, safety, wildlife identification, and wildlife habitat. Instruction will be given in shooting skills and how to test shot patterns for shotguns at a target shooting range. MDC will provide shotguns and shells. However, participants may also bring their own shotguns to test shot patterns. Understanding shot patterns at various ranges can make a turkey hunter more successful at harvesting a gobbler during the spring season. The clinic also makes participants eligible for a mentored youth turkey hunt, which is a separate event during the youth season April 4-5.

The clinic will also offer instruction in other outdoor skills such as fishing and target shooting with crossbows. A free lunch will be provided. Participants do not need a completed hunter education certificate need.

Registration is required. Participants can register for the event at MDC’s events webpage, https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZsM. For more information, call MDC’s Sedalia office at 660-530-5500.

To learn more about Missouri’s turkey hunting opportunities, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZZy.