Missouri’s spring turkey season offers great opportunities to get outside, but the pastime presents challenges, too. Knowing how to locate a gobbler, calling him into shotgun range, and handling firearms in a safe fashion 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 “Turkey Hunting” on April 5 at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 4601 South Nature Center Way. This free program will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. People can register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents

Topics covered at this seminar include calling, locating, firearms safety, hunt preparation, how to call a turkey, identifying legal birds and information on shooting ballistics. This clinic will be preparation for those wishing to participate in either Missouri’s youth-only turkey season, April 7-8, or the state’s regular spring turkey season, April 16-May 6.

For information about other events at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, call 417-888-4237. Turkey hunting information can be found at mdc.mo.gov.