For hunters, the calendar moves not in months or days, but in seasons. Each new hunting season brings opportunities to practice skills and celebrate success. In Missouri, spring turkey season means optimal hunting in beautiful settings.
Before heading out to bag a big bird, sharpen your aim and shooting skills — archery and rifle — at the Middle of Nowhere Gun and Archery Club, in Harris. Bow hunters take aim on an excellent archery course, approved by the National Field Archery Association. Facilities include a covered, 100-yard rifle range, built to NRA specifications. Hearing and eye protection is required.
Majestic trees soar high at General Watkins Conservation Area, located near Oran, 15 miles south of Cape Girardeau. Beech, red oak, hickory and walnut trees provide the backdrop for your turkey hunt and for a lovely walk in the woods. The area's steep canyons add extra beauty to this serene location.
An equally enjoyable Southeast Missouri turkey experience awaits at Apple Creek Conservation Area, in Altenburg. Steep hills and narrow valleys characterize this 2,082-acre area, where the northern border is marked by approximately 2.5 miles of Apple Creek Stream frontage.
In Ellington, hunting turkeys at Current River Conservation Area. This heavily forested area offers excellent hunting opportunities, while a pond and river provide great fishing. Facilities include picnic areas, and a four-station archery range.
In northeast Missouri, near Lewistown, adventure abounds at Deer Ridge Conservation Area. This is a prime turkey area. You can sharpen your skills at the James B. Jenkins Shooting Range. Enjoy fishing in Deer Ridge Community Lake and in one of two nearby streams. Set aside some time to explore Deer Ridge's human history; artifacts in this area reveal a land used by at least five American Indian tribes.
Countless birds and animals call Bluffwoods Conservation Area. This gorgeous area, nine miles south of St. Joseph, offers turkey hunting, hiking, camping and phenomenal bird-watching — Audubon Missouri named Bluffwoods an “Important Bird Area,” so be sure to take binoculars.
In St. Charles, the August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center offers almost 7,000 acres of adventure. Go on a managed turkey hunt. Hone your aim at the full-service shooting range. There is a field archery range for bow-and-arrow enthusiasts. In addition to being a great destination for hunters, the area boasts more than 30 well-stocked lakes and numerous nature trails.