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      Kids learn how to hunt for turkeys

      Missouri Department of Conservation held a Youth Turkey Hunt Clinic Saturday.

      Heartland children took great advantage of the weather and went hunting Saturday.

      The Missouri Department of Conservation held a Youth Turkey Hunt Clinic in celebration of Turkey Hunting Season.

      Children ages 11 to 15 learned the basics of hunting turkey. The clinic consisted of turkey biology and habitat management. The kids also learned how to do some turkey calling.

      The program is designed to help youth understand the techniques and regulations of hunting activities.

      "Just being able to relay information so people can do things like this on their own. We start with the kids to enjoy them doing it. We give them that opportunity so when they get older, they'll continue the heritage of hunting we have here in Missouri," said MDC Outdoors Skills Specialist Rob Garver.

      Local businesses donated items to the kids for their hunt.

      Following the training, the kids were treated to lunch by the Kirksville Fire Department. The food was donated by The Turkey Roost.

      The Youth Turkey Hunting Season is co-sponsored by the National Turkey Wildlife Federation. The season ends Sunday. The regular three week Turkey Hunting Season begins on April 21.

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