Missouri Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt

Three area youth represented Young Outdoorsmen United at the 2018 Missouri Governor’s Youth Hunt in Jefferson City April 6th – 8th. The young hunters were Randall Bice, Peyton Cooper, and Sam Brewer, and participated in the event along with 14 other youth from Missouri. The Governor’s hunt is aimed at recruiting first time hunters ages 11 to 15 to spark their interest in Missouri’s outdoors. The 2018 hunt coincides with the state’s youth turkey season and is the 10 year the state’s governor has hosted the event. The 3 day adventure begins with a safety meeting, and shooting orientation at a local gun range Friday afternoon, a visit to the Missouri Department of Conservation nature center, then a special elite dinner at the governor’s mansion. The kids are introduced to the governor and presented with a custom hand-made turkey call. After dinner the participants depart the mansion and travel to meet the landowners and guides who will take them hunting. Hunting locations vary for each hunter and are some of the best places to hunt turkey in the entire state. This year’s season was hampered by unusually cold weather, snow, and even some ice in certain areas. The harvest numbers were hampered by the weather and made for some tough hunting. One of the Young Outdoorsmen United representatives, Sam Brewer from Noel MO shot his first turkey ever on the last morning of the event. He was elated, just as all the others who participated too.