MDC to hold mentored muzzleloader hunt Oct. 22 & 23 at Forest 44 for first-time deer hunters

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HIGH RIDGE, Mo.—Adults new to the sport of deer hunting will have a chance to see what all the excitement is about this fall when the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers a mentored muzzleloader deer hunt for those age 18 and over.  The hunt takes place at Forest 44 Conservation Area in High Ridge.  The only requirement for participants is that they are new to deer hunting and have not yet harvested a deer.  Both traditional side lock and modern inline muzzleloader firearms are permitted.

Five hunters total will be chosen for the hunt by random drawing.  Those wishing a chance to participate should go online at and apply for hunt #52.  The application deadline is July 31.  Participating in the hunt is free of charge.

Winning hunters will each be partnered with an experienced MDC volunteer or staff mentor who will guide them during the hunt.  Hunters must attend a pre-hunt orientation Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 1100 Antire Road off I-44 exit 269. 

Participants will have the chance to get acquainted with their mentors, as well as learn basics of deer hunting, including safety, techniques, deer biology, hunting regulations and muzzleloader firearm loading and handling.

The hunts will take place Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct 23.  MDC will provide pre-set blinds, chairs, firearms, and other equipment.  Hunters must be hunter-education certified or exempt, and must obtain a valid deer hunting permit. 

For those adults who have been curious to try deer hunting, but have had no one to help them get started, this will be an ideal opportunity.  To learn more, call 636 938-9548.

For more about 2018 managed deer hunts, go to