Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. It can be used in hunting, but is also a competitive sport and recreational activity. Nearly everyone — regardless of age, size, or physical ability — can succeed at archery.

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Registration period: September 10 - September 21
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:00 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Basic Archery for Youth and Adults

If you have an interest in learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, but don’t know where to begin --- or maybe you’ve shot a bow once, but never pursued the activity any further --- this may be the class you’re looking for. Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). This course is for youth and adults alike, ages 10 years old and older, with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow, but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: All equipment will be provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Not recommended if you have shoulder or back injuries.


• Thursday September 23, 2021

• 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• Shaw Nature Reserve -- Freund Center Parking Lot -- 300 Freund Ln --- Pacific, MO 63069

• No fee required. Class is free

Participants will be emailed more specific directions prior to the course.

Dress for the weather and time of year. Entire course will be outdoors. Class will be cancelled in the event of rain. If original class is cancelled, the make up rain date is Friday Sept. 24th at the same time. Please provide a good phone number to call in case of cancellation and rescheduling.

Please note the following COVID-19 related procedures.

• Bows and arrows will be disinfected before use. Hand sanitizer will be available and will be required at the beginning of class prior to handling equipment.

• Masks should be worn by instructors and participants if social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are not required during proper social distancing. Please ensure 6 feet of social distance always.

a. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should not attend.

1. Do you, or a person you live with, have:

a. A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR

b. Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR

c. One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?

2. If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?

3. Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?

4. In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Registration period: September 11 - September 24
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family.

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Scouts or other outdoor nature-related youth organizations ages 8-18; one adult is required for every 5 scouts/youth)

Archery and air rifles are fun and useful skills to learn! We will teach the basics for each and help you practice shooting more consistently and accurately.
Registration period: September 1 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You don’t have to be a hunter to be a skilled archer. Learn the basics of the sport of archery and try your hand at shooting a bow in this women’s only program. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes. Registration required. Ages 16 and up.
Registration period: August 31 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and to wear a face covering. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. We will provide interested individuals with a registration form and detailed supply list. Checks should be made to MCHF. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
New to bowhunting deer? Or just want to expand your knowledge? Archery deer hunting is a rich and rewarding experience that will get you out in the woods, open more hunting opportunities, teach you more about deer, and create lifelong memories. Join us in this program and learn about deer biology, habits, archery hunting equipment, hunting and archery strategies, and deer hunting regulations.
Registration period: August 27 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join other teens as we learn how to use a compound bow. Whether you're completely new to archery or have tried it before we'll work on improving our skills. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided and disinfected between participants. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.

Registration period: October 1 - October 28
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery is a fun, lifetime sport that all can enjoy. Learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely, then practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of Runge staff. All equipment is provided. Registration required. Ages 7 and up.
Registration period: August 16 - October 16
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021 3:30 pm - Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center

This event is a partnership between The Missouri Department of

Conservation (MDC), The Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), Missouri

Disabled Sportsmen (MDS), Dead end Game Calls, and Rest Inn Him Lodge. Applicants will be sent

formal application paperwork following their registration on MDC’s site.

Outdoor Dream will review applications, and provided any necessary

hunting gear for successful applicants. Rest Inn Him will provide lodging and

activities for participants during the weekend. Missouri Disabled Sportsmen

will provide funding for meals. MDC will supply track chairs, equipment &

supplies, as well as necessary staff. Participants will attend a deer hunting

clinic, be taken on a Mentored deer hunt in some of Missouri’s best deer

country, and have some time for fishing and other activities around deer

camp. Those applicants 16 years of age or older will hunt using archery methods

Registration period: July 1 - August 1
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, November 7, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
This hunt is designed for hunters who have archery hunted for deer in the past, but have been unsuccessful. To be eligible for this hunt you must not have previously filled an Archery Deer Permit .Beginning hunters are also welcome to apply. We can work with you help you gain the knowledge and experience you need. For more information contact Mark Miller. Email- Phone 660-530-5500 This is the hunt listed on the MDC Managed Hunts page.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

First Time Archery Deer Hunters

December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12

Hunt # 22

1 deer of either sex

Hunter must attend pre-hunt orientation, those who do not attend, are disqualified.

Only first-time deer hunters, 18 years of age or older, who have never harvested a deer by archery method are eligible.

Hunters who require an assistant must provide one.

Mandatory Pre-Hunt Orientation – Tuesday, September 21, 6pm – 8pm, Jay Henges Shooting Range, Education Center

Contact Kurt Otterstein at for questions