The Missouri Department of Conservation will conduct a Hunter Education course on Sept. 14, at the El Dorado Springs Conservation Office. Hunters who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, and are 16 or older must successfully complete an approved hunter-education course to qualify to buy firearms hunting permits. Class size is limited to 25 and certification is limited to those students 11 years of age or older.

The hunter education course now consists of two parts. Step 1 is acquiring the necessary knowledge about hunting equipment, safety and ethics. This can be done one of three ways:

1. Completing a convenient online course that provides information in written form augmented with illustrations, graphs, audio, videos and interactive animation, or

2. Obtaining a student manual online at or by calling or visiting one of the Conservation Department offices and completing the course at your own pace, or

3. Registering for and attending a four-hour instructor-led classroom session.

After completing Step 1, hunters can obtain their certification by attending a four-hour skills session that fits their schedule. This session will consist of instructor-led, hands-on exercises designed to help students put their knowledge into practice. After the session, students take a 35-question exam.

This course will only offer an instructor-led skills session and exam from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You must pre-register at Individuals must have completed Step 1 prior to the Skills Course. Those competing the online method or home study need to bring certification of the completed course or book with completed review questions. For questions please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation office in El Dorado Springs at 417/876-5226 or Derek Farwell at 417/830-6162.