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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: 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.

Registration period: July 23 - August 19
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2024 5:30 pm - Tuesday, August 20, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Bring your shotgun, 4 boxes of #7 steel shot, and warm-up for dove season. We’ll create typical hunting scenarios to practice your wingshooting for the September 1st opener.

Registration period: March 11 - August 21
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 22, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach how to shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: June 13 - August 20
Date: Friday, August 23, 2024 5:00 pm - Saturday, August 24, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Hunnewell Hatchery

We are having a Squirrel hunt for first time youth hunters, 10-15 years old in age on Friday August 23rd of an evening and Saturday August 24th in the morning, you need to be there for both days. Friday, August 23rd we will have a classroom portion over the basic equipment, regulations, and how to hunt to them. We will also have firearm safety talk and shooting lesson. Saturday morning is the day of the hunt, you will be assigned a Missouri Department of Conservation mentor/volunteer and an area to hunt. After the hunt we will demonstrate on how to clean and prepare a Squirrel for cooking.

We will provide the guns and ammunition for the shooting lesson and for the hunt. Guardians of the youth hunters are allowed and welcome to go hunting with them but understand an MDC mentor/volunteer will still be assigned to the youth hunter.

Items the hunter will need to bring are dark color clothing and footwear suitable to be worn in the outside elements, woods, brush etc. Bug spray and a thermacell for mosquito repellent if you have one.

If any questions, contact Corporal Kevin Lockard 573-822-5263

Registration period: July 15 - August 29
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, August 31, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Deer hunting is challenging and rewarding at the same time. It’s not just about getting dressed up in camouflage and climbing in a deer stand or ground blind. It starts long before opening day. This class will start at the beginning. In this class, we will discuss rifle/ammo selection, dressing for the hunt, methods of hunting, scouting, animal identification, sighting in your rifle, and more. This is not a shooting class.

Registration period: July 8 - August 14
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2024 2:00 pm - Monday, September 2, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Walker Farm

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen will be hosting a multi-day dove hunt for twelve hunters youth (ages 9-17) and/or mobility impaired hunters.

The September 1st hunt will take place at a local MDC Conservation area. The September 2nd hunt will take place on private property in partnership with a local landowner.

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen will provide experienced mentors to assist everyone in the field and have trackchairs on-site for the mobility impaired hunters to utilize.

All licensing, transportation to the event are the responsability of the participant.

The selected participants will be contacted by Missouri Disabled Sportsmen approximately 14-days prior to the event. Non-selected registrants will be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancelations.

Registration period: July 22 - August 19
Date: Sunday, September 1, 2024 1:00 pm - Sunday, September 1, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Criteria for participation:

1. Youth must be between the ages of 11-15.

2. Youth must be in the immediate presence of a Hunter Education Certified Adult (18 or older) mentor to the hunt. The mentor may be exempt from Hunter Ed Certification if born before January 1, 1967.

3. Youth and mentor must successfully complete the virtual clinic on 8/27 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in order to participate in the hunt. The link for this clinic will be sent out at a later date.

Rules of the Hunt:

1. The mentor will not be allowed to hunt at the Youth Dove Hunt.

2. This Youth Dove Hunt will take place at Columbia Bottom CA in North St. Louis County. Dove hunting will only be permitted from 1:00pm until sunset in the assigned youth fields.

3. Each youth hunter must use non-toxic shot: steel, bismuth, or one of the many tungsten mix types of shot that are available on the market today.


1. Youth hunters should provide their own shotgun and non-toxic ammunition for the hunt.

2. Youths and their adult mentors must provide their own food and drink for the hunt, if desired. Since the hunt takes place in the middle of the day, it may be hot, so bring plenty of water to drink. Dress for the weather, it is a rain or shine event.
Registration period: July 1 - September 1
Date: Friday, September 13, 2024 5:00 pm - Saturday, September 14, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Apple Creek Conservation Area
Want to learn about squirrel hunting? Join MDC staff for a squirrel hunt on Apple Creek Conservation Area in Cape Girardeau County. The clinic starts on Friday, September 13th, where we will discuss biology, safety, firearms, hunting techniques, and game care. The following day, we will hit the woods with experienced guides leading the way! This clinic and hunt are for youth ages 11 to 15 who have successfully completed Hunter Education. Hunter orange clothing is required (hat and shirt, vest, or coat). You can bring your own firearms and ammunition; however, firearms and ammunition will be provided for participants.