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The First Turkey Program provides free commemorative certificates suitable for framing. You can even add a photo of the proud hunter with his or her bird. Creating a tangible reminder of a once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with visiting mdc.mo.gov/node/10469. The same site has forms for a hunter’s first turkey or deer, for youths or adults.
The parallel program for anglers is the First Fish Program. The First-Fish Award form is available at mdc.mo.gov/node/10474.
Missouri leads the nation in hunter and angler recruitment thanks to successful fish and game management and outdoor-skills programs that encourage Missourians to take up traditional outdoor pursuits. Low permit prices compared to neighboring states keep healthful, sustainable outdoor activities affordable.