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Registration period: August 26 - September 25
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
If you are just starting out duck hunting or want to learn more about how to call ducks, join us for an Introduction to Duck Calling program. This program will be discussing the basics in how to get started calling and the basic calls to help you have a successful hunt. Please bring your favorite call that you will be using to hunt with.
Registration period: August 25 - October 2
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 3, 2023 9:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us for an evening on how to hunt turkeys in the fall! We will cover info and strategies on calling, decoys and more to help you harvest a bird during the October shotgun and regular archery seasons. space is limited so make sure to register!
Registration period: June 7 - October 4
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 5, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Learn the basics of hunting a whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Registration period: June 7 - October 4
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 5, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting a whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Date: Friday, October 6, 2023 5:00 pm - Friday, October 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
So, you want buck fever? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get your bearings on deer hunting. During this program we will cover everything you need to know to get you ready to head out to the woods and chase the deer of your dreams. This is a family-oriented event, with activities for all ages. Try a shooting simulator and make your own deer call. Join us at 6pm for a presentation about first steps to getting your family ready for the hunt. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series and the building and exhibits will remain open until 7pm.
Registration period: August 25 - September 30
Date: Friday, October 6, 2023 5:00 pm - Sunday, October 8, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

This registration is an application process. You will be contacted to fill out an application once you finish registration. The Missouri Department of Conservation, Conservation Federation of Missouri, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Deer Association, Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation, Pheasants & Quail Forever, Missouri Disabled Sportsmen, Missouri’s Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, Whitetails Unlimited, ALPS Outdoorz, Dead End Game Calls, MO Woods and Wildlife, and Missouri Back Country Hunters and Anglers are partnering to hold The Governor’s Inaugural Deer Hunt. These partners have come together to host events endorsed by our Governor, that mentors new hunters and manage deer populations for participating landowners. Multiple events will happen simultaneously across the state and applicants will pick their preference.

Selected participants will spend the weekend with the best mentors our organizations have to offer. Besides getting to go afield with a mentor and hunt deer, participants will be instructed on how hunting fits into conservation, hunting strategy, deer biology, behavior and senses, hunting etiquette, shot placement, after the shot, gun safety, and firearm handling. Preference will be given to applicants who have never been hunting, or those who have never harvested a deer. Below are the approximate locations for each clinic and hunt. For questions contact John Burk at

Calumet, MO (Pike Co) Moberly, MO (Randolph Co) Patton, MO (Bollinger, Co) Warsaw, MO (Benton Co) Pomona, MO (Howell Co) Rolla, MO (Phelps Co) Unionville, MO (Putnam Co)

Registration period: September 21 - October 6
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, October 7, 2023 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Do you have new scope on your rifle and want to get it sighted in to prepare for the upcoming rifle season? This program will give you and opportunity to work with staff to get your deer rifle sighted in and ready for the upcoming season. Scope must be mounted before attendting the program.
Registration period: September 19 - October 13
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 14, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Are you a waterfowl hunter and thinking about getting your first hunting dog? This program will cover the responsibilty of having a hunting dog, how to pick out the dog, what goes into training, as well as a live demonstration.
Registration period: September 15 - October 18
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023 5:30 pm - Thursday, October 19, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Interested in learning to deer hunt but do not know how to get started? This program will give you the information to get started in this exciting hunting activity. The program will cover safety, firearms, ammunition, scouting, tree stands, blinds, hunting techniques, and more.
Registration period: September 11 - October 5
Date: Friday, October 20, 2023 2:00 pm - Sunday, October 22, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Walker Farm

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen in partnership with local landowners will be hosting two (2) mobility impaired hunters on a multi-day archery deer hunt in northeast Missouri.

The selected hunters will be allowed to take one (1) deer buck or antlerless deer using archery equipment.

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen will provide the selected hunters with room & board, experienced mentors, transportation to the farm and blind, an enclosed REDNECK blind to hunt from, and assistance with processing meat. MDS can also furnish a crossbow if needed.

The selected hunters will be responsible for their own transportation to the hunt and valid Missouri archery license.

The selected hunters will be notified approximately two-weeks prior to the hunt.