Canton, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a two-day bowhunter education class in Lewis County at Canton High School, 200 South Fourth St., on Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There is no cost for the program, but pre-registration is required.
“Bowhunter education provides a foundation in hunting safety and ethics that helps hunters focus on more than just being successful in the pursuit of game,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. “Participants receive a minimum of eight hours of classroom training, plus additional time for testing, outdoor demonstrations and other classroom discussion.”
The course is recommended for motivated students age 14 and older with good reading and comprehension skills who have some archery and hunting knowledge or experience. However, any student 11 years of age and older may be tested and certified in the course. The bowhunter education program can serve as a refresher for veteran bow hunters as well.
To register for the program, or for more information, contact Garver at Rob.Garver@mdc.mo.gov or 660-785-2420.
While a bowhunter education certificate is not required by statewide game regulations, many Missouri cities that allow archery hunting inside their city limits require bowhunter-education certification. Additionally, many other states require bowhunter education before hunters are allowed to apply for or take part in bow hunts in their state.
For more information about Missouri's bowhunter-education program go online to mdc.mo.gov/node/9723.