MONROE CITY MO  The Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering up to give children the opportunity to hunt deer at Mark Twain Lake for the first time. The kids this fall will learn about deer biology, hunting safety, gun and ammunition selection, hunting regulations, and develop shooting skills.

The MDC will provide firearms and ammunition, but participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded firearms. Cots and camping gear will be provided for children who do not have their own.  Lunch will also be provided.

Mike Brooks mentors a young hunter Bois d’Arc CA near Springfield. (Courtesy of MDC)

Missouri Department of Conversation Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver said the Indian Creek Recreation Area is closed to public hunting, which will provide a unique opportunity for new and novice, youth, and disabled hunters.

Participation in the hunt is limited to children ages 6-15 at the time of the hunt, who have never Telechecked a deer.Children who attend the deer camp must be accompanied by an adult and registered no later than Nov. 15.

For more information, contact Garver at or (660) 785-2420.

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