MDC Dec. 3 program in Greene County to focus on raccoon hunting

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Raccoon hunting is a winter tradition in some parts of the Ozarks. In addition to being a unique outdoors pastime, raccoon hunting provides income to the hunter through the sale of pelts. It also helps control the population of a mammal – the raccoon – that can be problematic if its numbers get to be too abundant.

People wanting to learn more about this age-old Ozarks outdoors pastime should plan to attend a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) raccoon hunting seminar on Dec. 3. This program, “Hunting: Raccoon Hunt,” will be from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Greene County Raccoon Hunters Clubhouse, located at 897 Greene County Highway F near Bois D’Arc, Mo. The building is located on Highway F directly across the road from Bois D’Arc Fire Protection District Station No. 2. This program will include an indoor segment and will also feature a chance to take part in an actual raccoon hunt.

Topics that will be covered during the indoors portion of the program include

  • Seasons and regulations of raccoon hunting
  • Legal times and methods of harvest
  • Basic training and handling of a coonhound
  • Harvesting and skinning methods
  • Basic coonhound knowledge – how the hounds scent, track, and tree, and the barks associated with each action
  • Modern tracking collars and operating system operation

COVID-19 recommendations will be in place for the indoor portion of this program

In the outdoor portion of this event, prospective hunters will get a chance to put their skills to work. Participants will be partnered with a hunting guide and hounds and will then be sent into the woods on a hunt. Participants should dress for the weather and the terrain and should bring a flashlight. Participants will be divided into groups of five and must provide their own transportation to and from hunting locations. All participants must possess a Missouri small game hunting license if they’re not exempt.

To get more information about this program, contact MDC Conservation Educator Lyle Whittaker at

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at