Hunting

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A successful hunting trip involves planning, scouting, and patience. Missouri offers a variety of hunting opportunities to hone your skills.

If you plan to hunt with a firearm, you will need to complete a hunter education course before you can buy a permit. If you plan to bow hunt, MDC offers optional bow hunter education. 

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Registration period: January 13 - April 17
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 2:30 pm - Thursday, April 18, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cooking outdoors is a great complement to many other outdoor activities. Whether you are camping, fishing, hunting, or enjoying your backyard, this program will add another element to your outdoor experience. In this session, we will discuss different methods, techniques, and ingredients to grill or bake fish.
Registration period: February 16 - April 18
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:00 am - Saturday, April 20, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Adlyne Freund Center at Shaw Nature Reserve
Join us April 20th to learn how to use the atlatl. This traditional hunting method is making a comeback! Whether you're looking for a fun activity to do with family/friends or are hoping to learn an alternative hunting method, this is a great activity to get outdoors.
Registration period: January 13 - April 24
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024 2:30 pm - Thursday, April 25, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cooking outdoors is a great complement to many other outdoor activities. Whether you are camping, fishing, hunting, or enjoying your backyard, this program will add another element to your outdoor experience. In this session, we will look at smoking, canning, pickling, and salt fish to name a few.
Registration period: March 1 - April 25
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, April 27, 2024 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Shooting a muzzleloader is an entirely different and fun way of shooting. Whether you want to extend your hunting season, shoot a muzzleloader shotgun or just get into the older way of shooting, this class is for you. In the class, we will discuss the different types of muzzleloaders, ammunition, equipment, and so much more. Come join the fun and learn how to get started in this interesting way of shooting.

Registration period: April 12 - April 26
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, April 27, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: El Dorado Springs MDC Office

This skills session will satisfy part two of the Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To enter the session, you must complete the knowledge portion and provide proof of completion by presenting either a qualifier certificate or a completed hunter education student manual the day of the event. All students must provide proof of identification and age. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session.

Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the beginning of the class to complete registration; late arrivals will not be admitted so please arrive early. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Note: Students 16 and older who have successfully completed the all-online Hunter Education course do not need to attend an in-person skills session.

The knowledge portion requirement can easily be achieved by reading and completing the chapter review questions in the Missouri hunter education manual and bringing the completed manual with you to a skills session you have registered to attend. To receive a FREE manual, please request one online at https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/hunter-education-skills-training/hunter-ed-study-guide-order-form or call 417-876-5226, M-F, 8am to 5pm to have one mailed to you or pick up at the El Dorado Springs MDC office. An online knowledge course option is also available; however, there is a charge for taking this portion online.

Registration period: March 27 - April 27
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 1:00 pm - Saturday, April 27, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment, and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. Foray in the woods of Burr Oak Woods to follow presentation.
Registration period: March 29 - April 28
Date: Monday, April 29, 2024 5:00 pm - Monday, April 29, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Would you like to learn how to cook outdoors using a dutch oven? This is the program for you! Samples will be provided but not enough for a meal.
Registration period: March 29 - April 28
Date: Monday, April 29, 2024 5:00 pm - Monday, April 29, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Would you like to learn how to cook outdoors using a dutch oven? The program will cover how to get started using a Dutch Oven including equipment and techniques, and you will be able to sample a couple of recipes.
Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

Are you interested in learning about black bear hunting in Missouri? This introductory class teaches you about Missouri black bears and what it takes to have a successful bear hunt. Topics included in this class are black bear biology, the permit application process, and general black bear hunting strategies. This class is suitable for Missourians trying to decide whether they should apply for a black bear hunting permit or those simply interested in learning more about black bear hunting.

A link for the program will be sent via email on the day of the course. Please make sure you check your Junk folder.
Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters
Are you interested in learning about black bear hunting in Missouri? This introductory class teaches you about Missouri black bears and what it takes to have a successful bear hunt. Topics included in this class are black bear biology, the permit application process, and general black bear hunting strategies. This class is suitable for Missourians trying to decide whether they should apply for a black bear hunting permit or those simply interested in learning more about black bear hunting.