The annual Shed Hunt for Youth will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Mark Twain Lake.
There will a chance for children of 2 years of age up to 12 years old to hone their shed hunting skills with a Kiddie Hunt along the new visitor center trail. Sheds will be placed along the trail to give youngsters an idea of what a real shed find feels like. Donations of antler sheds will be accepted at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center leading up to the event in order to insure each child can go home with a memento.
In the afternoon Feb. 23, older youth will get a chance to test their skills at finding sheds at a designated location. The lobby will be filled with informational booths from various groups on deer and other related outdoors topics throughout the day. Door prizes will be drawn for throughout the morning. 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. Feb. 8. Registration for the Kiddie Hunt will be limited to the first 125 callers.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Whitetails Unlimited.
For information or to register a child, call (573) 735-4097. Donations of shed antlers can be dropped off seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center located on Route J just south of the Clarence Cannon Dam.