JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever, Quail and mourning doveUpland Wildlife Federation, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and private landowners will provide an opportunity for those interested in dove hunting for the first time. There will be 12 different locations across the state offering  first time hunts on private land. “Field locations will be in or near Cape Girardeau, Chillicothe, Joplin, Kahoka, Lynchburg, Marceline, Mokane, Paris, Pittsburg, Rolla, St. Genevieve, and Washington,” the MDC says in a news release.

Each location will hold three hunts, with the first held on September 1st, opening day of dove season. Hunters can attend multiple hunts depending on availability. Participants not only receive the opportunity to hunt, but also will be assigned a mentor and pre-hunt workshops will be held to give first time hunters “basic hunter safety, dove biology and management, the importance of hunters and hunting, and the opportunity to practice shooting a shotgun.”

“Each field will be limited to two first-time hunters and their mentors per acre to maximize safety and provide a quality experience. Priority will be given to anyone 11 and older that is hunting for the first time. Second priority will be given to new migratory-bird hunters and youths 11-15.”

To register, visit tinyurl.com/nuv6gos. Info on Missouri Department of Conservation dove-hunting workshops can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events. MDC recommends first time hunters attend a hunters education class. Information for these classes can be found at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunter-education-skills-training.

For information can be found by phone or e-mail by contacting John Burk at 573-676-5994 or [email protected], or Elsa Gallagher at 660-277-3647 or [email protected].