Conservation Education

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Published on: Jul. 16, 2012

Missouri. “Once kids succeed in archery, they find they can succeed in other parts of their lives.”

The Department certifies teachers with the required Basic Archery Instructor training at no cost to the teacher. In partnership with the Conservation Federation of Missouri, it also offers $500 grants to schools for equipment. Learn more at

Hunter Education

Missouri’s Hunter Education Program offers many benefits to Missourians. “This safety program produces individuals who are responsible, knowledgeable, safe and involved in the outdoors,” says MDC State Hunter Education and Range Coordinator Tony Legg.

More than 1,600 volunteer and staff instructors provide training and certification through traditional classroom hunter education classes and through a combination online and field day course.

“The Missouri Hunter Education program is a prime example of government and volunteers working successfully together to save lives, promote conservation and keep the hunting heritage alive for generations to come,” says James Robertson, president of the Missouri Hunter Education Instructor’s Association, and volunteer instructor since 1991.

Missouri’s fist formal hunter safety training was created in 1957 as a voluntary course. The Department’s official statewide range program began in 1972 with the passage of the Dingell-Hart excise bill, amendment to the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, which provided funds for hunter education and target range development from excise taxes on handguns and archery equipment. Now known as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, this federal funding continues to support Missouri’s hunter education program.

In 1987, Missouri approved a mandatory hunter education requirement for all hunters during the firearms seasons beginning in 1988, for anyone born on or after January 1, 1967. This regulation marked the beginning of a new era in Missouri’s Hunter Education Program. To date, more than 1.1 million Missourians have completed the course. Due to the success of the program, Missouri’s model has become a standard-bearer, and has been widely adopted by many other states.

Mandatory hunter education has dramatically decreased and prevented many injuries and deaths. The number of hunting incidents began dropping dramatically in 1992, when any hunter under the age of 26 would have attended a hunter education course, and have declined steadily since.

The Department also offers free bowhunter education courses and a free, 15-minute online tree-stand safety course. Learn more at

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