Howdy All Really like the look of this Forum. Love that posting seems pretty frequent and am sure it will be another go to spot for information. First, a little background. I grew up in the wilds of Alaska, spending more than 30 years hunting and fishing all the Great Land had to offer. Well, in 2013, due to a divorce and wanting to stay fully involved in raising my kids, I have found myself living in the crowded Northern Colorado area, where if you want to be a hunter, you'd better be rich or know people that will allow you to hunt their land. Fishing isn't much better. Around 2002, my father, another life long Alaskan, purchased a place near Hermitage, MO in Hickory county, where, until his passing in the winter of 2016, he would spend his winters avoiding the long months of ice/snow/cold in AK. After visiting him a few times, it became very clear that I would be spending as much time as possible out of the big cities of CO and in the amazing rural outdoors of MO. I am usually able to make 2 or 3 trips a year, sometimes with the whole family, to get my outdoors fix and calm my soul to survive a few months of city living until I can get back to MO. Up until now, I've been spending my time in the MO outdoors fishing on Pomme de Terre and Turman lakes and loving every minute of it. Upon my youngest child's graduation from high school in 2025, I plan on becoming a resident of MO, probably around the Warsaw area. Why am I posting? I am currently planning a trip over in April, and it's a special one. My oldest son, Ranger, is turning 13 and his mother is finally allowing me to fully expose him to firearms and hunting. I've been able to work a few things in over the years starting with firearm saftey and working up to being able to give him his very own Ruger 10/22 and getting him out to the range a few times. This trip over is special, as it will be just him and I, spending some quality father/son time in the outdoors, with no other siblings or family with us, hopefully making our bond even stronger (especially with the hard 'teenage' years coming up). Now while we would be perfectly happy spending this bonding time out on the water, I have been playing with the idea of spending a few mornings Turkey hunting, as we will be coming over right during the Spring season. As you can imagine I have tons of questions and would take any advice offered, but since this post is already so long, I'll keep it to just a few. Basically, I'm wondering where we could go, as well as what our chances would be to even see a turkey, let alone call one in for a possible shot. (bought my first box call and mouth call about a week ago, still working on sounding like a turkey) I've looked for public land around the Hickory and Benton county area, seems to mostly be around the lakes and rivers, but I have no idea if you can access those areas, or if they have any turkey in them, and have no way to scout them before we come over. I'm also hesitant about public land, as the experiences I've had here in CO are not good. Crowded and over hunted. Which of course was no worry in Alaska. I'll stop for now, I know this has gotten very very very long. I hoping some of you will respond and we can get the ball rolling on getting me trained up for MO turkey hunting (to probably be followed by whitetail hunting in years to come) and helping me make a decision on if I want to invest big money (non resident spring turkey permit is almost $200) on what could be an amazing experience for both my son and I. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.