The Missouri Department of conservation will conduct Hunter Education courses on Oct. 12 in the Humansville Community Hall and again on Oct. 19, in the Stockton elementary cafeteria.
Hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1967 and are 16 or older must successfully complete an approved hunter-education course to qualify to buy firearms hunter permits. Class size is limited to 45 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 mdc.mo.gov/node/23045 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 skill session that fits their schedule. This session will consist of instructor-led, hands-on exercises designed to help students up their knowledge into practice. After the session, students take a 35-question exam.
This course will offer from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. an instructor-led classroom session then from 1-5 p.m. will offer a skills session exam. You must pre-register at mdc.mo.gov
If you are attending the classroom session, you will need to register for both the classroom session and the skills session to receive certification. If you are completing the online method or the student manual home study method, you will only need to register for the afternoon skills session.
For questions, please call any Department of Conservation office, like the one in El Dorado Springs at 417/876-5226 or Agent Derek Farwell at 417/830-6162.