Archery

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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: August 9 - September 29
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 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 and must be paid in full by September 15, 2022.

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.

If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a green plants bead.
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Come one, Come all! Join us as we celebrate Burr Oak Woods Nature Centers 40th anniversary with a conservation carnival. For the last four decades we have helped the people of this community learn about and explore nature. Come out and enjoy some fun carnival style games, enjoy fair food at the food trucks, or test your skills at such events as archery, air rifles and atlatl. You will also be able to check out some animal oddities and be on the lookout for costumed critters walking around!

Registration period: September 1 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 8, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education 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. We will start on Thursday evening, continue on Friday morning, and finish up on Saturday.

This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Having woodworking skills is strongly recommended, but not required. We will provide interested individuals with a registration form and detailed supply list. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.
Registration period: August 1 - October 8
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
You do not have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary to attend this program and archery equipment will be provided. We will be using the archery range at the Nature Center which is not ADA accessible. Water, snacks, and bug spray will be provided. Dress for the weather. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! During this beginner’s archery class, we will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All equipment is provided.
Registration period: July 1 - October 6
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:00 am - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Are you someone that has never shot a bow and arrow before and you’re not sure how to get started? Or maybe you did when you were young, but never pursued the activity any further. 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 those 11 years of age or 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 for adults with shoulder or back injuries.

* Classes will be CANCELLED if we encounter inclement weather — rain or heat (temps more than 90 degrees).

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Registration period: August 17 - October 10
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.
Registration period: September 20 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 5:30 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:30 pm
Location: Salem Community Center at the Armory

Have you always wanted to firearm hunt on your own? First you need to get certified! Join us at Salem Community Center at the Armory for a Hunter Education skills session on October 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm.

Participants must be 11 years old and have completed the knowledge portion of the course prior to attending this skills session. This is done either by completing the online version (for a fee), or filling out the student manual chapter review questions and bringing the booklet to class for instructor review (no charge). Student manuals are available at the Indian Trail Archery & Gun (1521 MO-19, Salem, MO 65560) or from the MDC website (https://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunter-education/hunter-ed-study-guide-order-form). Students under 16 are required to show proof of age (i.e. Birth certificate; Passport; or photo ID that displays a birthdate) when checking in.

After successfully completing the skills session and passing a 35-question, multiple-choice final with a score of 80 percent or better, you will receive a temporary certificate so you can purchase a permit and hunt immediately. Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the class, and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
Registration period: September 15 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: October 1 - October 19
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 2:30 pm - Wednesday, October 19, 2022 4:30 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. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. Registration required. Ages 7+
Registration period: September 9 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of beginner's archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating.
Registration period: September 9 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of beginner's archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating.
Registration period: July 1 - October 1
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 8:00 am - Sunday, November 6, 2022 12:00 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- mark.miller@mdc.mo.gov Phone 660-530-5500 This is the hunt listed on the MDC Managed Hunts page.
Date: Friday, November 25, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, November 25, 2022 3:00 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. 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 high winds or rain, this program will be cancelled. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn an orange hunting/shooting sport bead.