Partners host youth turkey hunt at Stockton Lake

Published April 8, 2019
A group of wild turkeys forage around the lake.

A group of wild turkeys forage around the lake. Photo credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.

STOCKTON, Mo. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake, National Wild Turkey Federation and Stockton Lions Club partnered to host the 7th annual Youth Managed Turkey Hunt on April 6-7, 2019 at Stockton Lake.

The hunt was held in Masters, Crabtree Cove, Orleans Trail and Hawker Point parks during the youth portion of Missouri’s turkey season. Nine participants with guides were able to hunt in a controlled environment and learn key skills required to hunt turkeys and have fun while doing it.

“We had great weather this weekend but that doesn’t always mean great hunting,” said Derrick Phillips, Stockton Lake park ranger. “Unfortunately no turkeys were harvested during the hunt. Despite hours spent in the woods the turkeys were not real responsive to calls and stayed grouped up making for a challenging hunt. But all hunters reported having a great time and enjoyed the opportunity.”

The Corps of Engineers is grateful for the partnerships that help make this event happen. Hickory County National Wild Turkey Federation provided participants a slate, box or push-button call, flashlight, orange safety vest, camouflage bag and breakfast, snacks and drinks both days. The Stockton Lions Club provided participants a hot lunch both days.

For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake at (417) 276-3113.

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