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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.
Registration period: March 15 - June 6
Date: Friday, June 7, 2024 12:00 pm - Friday, June 7, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Does your neighbor always seem to fill their deer permits when you don’t? Are squirrels the only thing you see when you’re in the stand? Well, a food plot may be the answer. Learn about the basics of putting in food plots for deer and how you can still actively prepare for deer season during the summer.

Please ensure your account has a valid email address to receive the link to the program. Links are sent at least 30 minutes before the program starts.
Registration period: December 7 - June 7
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 8:30 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Online only

Hunting may not only be a family tradition, but a personal privilege that everyone can enjoy. Hunting is basic to our nature. Hunting allows us to help control wildlife populations and fun projects for wildlife management. Hunting is also a safe and natural way to help each of us reconnect with nature and our surroundings. In this class, we will cover all the reasons to hunt, why its important, and explore myths about hunting.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 20, 2024 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
With summer reaching its midway point a lot of people are starting to break out their shotguns getting them ready for dove season. In this program we’ll talk about all the things you need to get ready for dove season and have a successful hunt in September.
Registration period: June 15 - July 25
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Now that you have harvested the buck of your dreams, do you know how to prepare it properly to take it to the taxidermist. There are several different ways to preserve the hide so that the taxidermist can make your deer come to life on your wall. Learn the proper steps to go from the field to the taxidermist. Anyone under age 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
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
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Registration period: August 6 - 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: 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.