Missouri Department of Conservation is holding archery lessons ahead of the start of the spring turkey season

ASH GROVE, Mo. (KY3) – The Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting a beginner’s archery class Sunday afternoon at Ash Grove. Range experts Andy Dalton teach people of all ages in a course to hone their skills.

“It’s for all ages, kids and adults,” said Francis Skalicky of the Missouri Department of Conservation. “It’s also a lifelong activity. You can continue to enjoy it throughout your life, and this seminar will help you get started.

Students will learn about archery safety, operation, shooting basics, maintenance and safe storage.

“If you have heard of bowhunting, or if you are just starting out and want to learn more, this seminar is for you as you can use the equipment provided by the stand if you don’t have any.” Skalicky said. “Or if you already have the gear and want to learn a little better how to use it, you can also bring your own gear to this event.”

The spring turkey season for youngsters begins on April 9. Hunters can use longbows, recurve bows, crossbows or compound bows during the season. Hand-held string release devices, illuminated sights, rifle scopes, and quick-point sights are also permitted. The regular spring turkey hunting season begins April 18. The archery season starts on September 15. And it also presents an opportunity for bowhunters.

“Some people might not be crazy to have someone with a gun hunting on their property,” Skalicky said. “When you hunt with a bow, it’s shorter range shots, so it opens up more hunting opportunities.”

If you are looking to take an archery course, you can find more information here.

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Earnest A. Martinez