MDC invites first-time deer hunters to a free mentored hunt in Columbia on Dec. 2-3

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites first-time deer hunters to learn about hunting safety, deer biology, deer management, and hunting tactics before a free mentored hunt in Columbia.

This event is open to first-time deer hunters ages 11 and older who have not Telechecked a deer. Participants will be required to attend a hunter education certification course on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 - 9:30p.m. This course will teach participants the basics of hunting safety, conservation, and deer management.  Upon completion of the hunter education certification course, hunters will be paired with experienced deer hunting mentors and can participate in a managed hunt for antlerless deer on Dec. 2-3 in Columbia.

“Missouri has a proud history of quality deer hunting,” says MDC Conservation Educator Ashley Edwards. “We are excited to offer this opportunity to those who want to try deer hunting for the first time and might not have the opportunity otherwise.”

Mobility assist “track chairs”, firearms, and hunting equipment will be available for those who need it. Space for this event is limited, and participants must apply to participate by Nov. 13. To apply, contact the instructor, Ashley Edwards at or at (573) 522-4115, ext. 3420.