4th Annual Antler Shed Hunt for Youth

Mark Twain Lake, January 14, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps ofMark Twain Lake Shed Hunt Engineers at Mark Twain Lake in partnership with the Monroe City Whitetails Unlimited Chapter, the Mark Twain Lake Visitors and Educational Resource Center Committee, and the Missouri Department of Conservation are proud to announce the return of the Annual Shed Hunt for Youth. This event will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center.

Mark Twain Lake Shed HuntThe goal of this event is to introduce interested youth to the outdoors when most are getting a good dose of cabin fever anyway. There will be a chance for the younger “Bucks” (children 2 to 12 years of age) to hone their shed hunting skills with a Kiddie Hunt along the new Eagle Bluff Trail at the Visitor Center.  Sheds will be placed along the trail to give the little ones an idea of what a real shed find will feel like.

Need to warm up after your hunt?   The Visitor Center lobby will be filled with informational booths from various groups highlighting information on deer and other related outdoor topics throughout the day while the Monroe City Whitetails Unlimited Chapter will be providing a lunch of hot dogs, soup and chips.  The event is free for all age groups but pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. February 6, 2015.  Registration for the Kiddie Hunt may be made by calling the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573.735.4097, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Participation will be limited to the first 150 registrants and their parents.Mark Twain Lake Shed Hunt

Volunteers play a key role in thesuccess of this event and are still being accepted to assist with the hunt.  If you are interested, please contact the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at 573.565.2112.  In addition, donations of antler sheds will be accepted at the Visitor Center, just south of the dam on Route J, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, up to the date of the event in order to insure each child can go home with one special memento to call their own.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, bring extra gloves and hats and wear bright colors, such as hunter blaze orange.  Also, for the safety of others, we ask you to please leave your pets at home.  Anyone desiring more information or wishing to register a child, please call 573.735.4097, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; registration closes on February 6, 2015, at 4 p.m.