Ninth Annual Governor’s Youth Hunt

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Apply now for the Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt April 7-9, 2017.

Apply now for the Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt April 7-9, 2017.

The Governors Youth Turkey Hunt has been a very successful event over the last 8 years. This special experience serves as a celebration of Missouri’s outdoors as well as a recruiting and retaining tool for future hunting enthusiasts.

This year marks the 9th Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt, and the first for Governor Greitens. The Conservation Federation of Missouri, National Wild Turkey Federation, the Missouri Department of Conservation, elected officials, private landowners and other volunteers all contribute to the success of the event.

Space for the Governor’s hunt is limited. Applicants must be between the ages of 11 to 15. Ideal applicants are first time hunters or those rather new to hunting. Remaining openings will be given to youth with previous hunting experience.

Successful applicants must attend a safety orientation Friday afternoon that includes hunter safety, regulations education, and live firearm training. Friday night, the hunters and their chaperones dine in the Governor’s Mansion as guests of the Governor and First Lady. The Governor along with a select few other conservation leaders will address the crowd.

After dinner, the hunters depart for their hunting destinations which are private properties graciously opened to the youth hunters by interested landowners. The hunt takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

If you think that you may know of a youth that would enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity, fill out the application linked here. The application is due by April 1.

For more information, contact John Burk at


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