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. 

Great Places For Hunting

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Corkwood Conservation Area is in Butler County, about one mile west of Neelyville on Highway 14

Events

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Registration period: July 1 - July 25
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 25, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Whether for hunting or for sport, archery is a fun activity anyone can enjoy! Join other women in learning 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 16+
Registration period: June 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, July 27, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come carve your own duck decoy out of cork. Your decoy may be used for waterfowl hunting or kept as a unique piece of art. All materials and tools will be provided. This is an all-day workshop. We will spend the morning carving, have a lunch break on your own, then spend the afternoon painting and finishing our ducks.

Please be sure to wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This class may not be ideal for individuals with asthma or breathing difficulties. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration period: June 27 - July 27
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024 2:00 pm - Saturday, July 27, 2024 3:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond
Bows and crossbows can be an excellent tool for hunting or just for fun in sport shooting! This class will go over how to find your dominant eye, how to aim, and proper NAI shooting technique. Whether you are looking to learn a new skill or sharpen skills you may already have, all are welcome to come out and practice the art of archery ages 14 to 17 must have an adult present.
Registration period: June 1 - August 1
Date: Monday, August 5, 2024 12:00 pm - Monday, August 5, 2024 1:30 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

This event will cover simple fire making methods, cooking utensils, food options and how to cook using stainless steel cookware. Toward the end of the program, participants will have an opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Children younger than fifteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions, please contact the host.

Registration period: July 12 - August 13
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 14, 2024 12:30 pm
Location: Online only
Fall hunting season is right around the corner. Now is the time to get your archery equipment dialed in, those rifles sighted in and practice shooting flying object with that shotgun. In this program, we will identify areas where you can target practice, including manned and unmanned shooting ranges.
Registration period: April 19 - August 14
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 1:00 pm - Wednesday, August 14, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
With teal season starting next month it's important to be prepared to hunt for one of the fastest waterfowl in Missouri! We’ll go over what types of teal you can expect to see and the equipment and decoys that will make your hunt a success. Participants will receive the virtual program link at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive this link.
Registration period: July 15 - August 15
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, August 17, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Want to know more about the history of duck calls, the different types and specific uses? Join us as we introduce you to a variety of different duck calls plus you will have the opportunity to build your very own duck call!

Registration period: March 11 - August 16
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, August 17, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn how to sharpen your hunting knives so you can get the best out of them.

Registration period: March 11 - August 16
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, August 17, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Learn how to sharpen your hunting knives so you can get the best out of them.

Registration period: July 20 - August 16
Date: Monday, August 19, 2024 6:00 pm - Saturday, September 21, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join MDC staff for an exciting opportunity to get youth introduced to the sport of small game hunting. We will be holding a mentored youth hunt for new youth hunters between the ages of 11-15 that have not small game hunted. This program will take place in 2 different portions.

The first portion will be held at Jay Henges Shooting Range on Monday August 19th. The initial portion will include participants receiving their Hunter Education Certification as well as a presentation covering squirrel hunting basics, equipment, regulations, and a chance to practice shooting on the range. NOTE: Participants must attend this portion of the program to be able to attend the hunt.

The hunt will take place on Saturday September 21st at Wil-Nor Outdoors in Dittmer, MO. Hunters will meet at the clubhouse on the morning of the hunt where they will be led by an experienced MDC mentor and take to the woods. Upon completion of the hunt, proper game cleaning and care will be demonstrated to the hunters. There will also be a cooking demonstration after the hunt with the chance to sample a variety of different squirrel dishes.

This is a great opportunity to get new youth hunters involved with the ample small game hunting opportunities that Missouri has to offer.