Spring Turkey Hunts in Missouri


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For the Birds: Spring Turkey Hunts in Missouri
Author: Missouri Division of Tourism
November isn't the only time to think about turkey. Each year, the spring turkey hunt attracts hundreds of avid hunters to designated spots in Missouri. Regardless of where you travel in the state, you're destined to find the perfect place for turkey hunting.

The Dalton Bottoms Access and Little Tarkio Prairie areas in northwest Missouri provide great sightlines.

In the northeastern part of the state, the Rebel's Cove and Dark Hollow nature areas support thriving turkey populations as well as abundant and beautiful plant life.

In southeastern Missouri, not far from the Arkansas border, Crowley's Ridge enjoys a reputation for good turkey hunting; plus, the area is steeped in Civil War history, making it a worthwhile stop for anyone interested in our nation's past.

If your travels take you to the Ozark region, go turkey hunting in the stunning Barn Hollow area, where countless flowers bloom to life each spring. Spring turkey hunting season opens April 19, which gives you plenty of time to practice your marksmanship skills.

Put those talents to the test at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range in Bois D'Arc. Step onto the 100-yard rifle range and take aim at targets placed at a variety of distances (between seven and 100 yards); then get some turkey-specific practice at the shotgun patterning range, where full-size decoys are provided. Also, the Andy Dalton Range offers skeet shooting and archery. On March 19, the range holds its Discover Hunting – Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. During this eight-hour session, pros share insights about scouting, turkey calling and a whole bunch more.

Want to learn to “talk turkey”? Be sure to sign up for Discover Hunting – Turkey Calling at the August A. Busch Conservation Area Shooting Range in St. Charles. Turkeys aren't really just wandering around saying “gobble, gobble.” In this two-hour class, learn how turkeys communicate, and gain insight into what calls to use while hunting.

 Rebel's Cove Conservation Area
This area is 4,225 acres of primarily forest habitat, with nearly five miles of the un-channelized Chariton ...

 Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Facilities include: a 100-yard baffled rifle/pistol range with 20 covered booths; target sockets arranged ...

 August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center
Nearly 7,000 acres of outdoor recreation; more than 30 lakes; several hiking trails, including a three-mile ...