MDC invites new hunters to hunter education skills session in Canton

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CANTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a FREE hunter education skills session 8 a.m. – noon on Feb. 10 at the Masonic Lodge at 612 Washington St. in Canton.

This hunter education skills session fulfills the second half of the hunter-education certification process. To attend this class, students must first complete the Missouri hunter education knowledge prerequisite by either completing the free self-study guide, called Today’s Hunter in Missouri, or completing hunter education online at

If students opt to complete the study guide, they MUST bring the book with them to class and present the completed chapter reviews to be granted admittance to the skills session. Students may obtain a free study guide from the MDC office in Hannibal by calling (573) 248-2530.

If students opt to complete hunter education online, they MUST complete all chapter reviews and print a copy of the skills session qualifier certificate or display the PDF on a mobile device.  

Students must be at least 11-years old by Feb. 10. Registrants 16-years old and younger must present a birth certificate, or other proof of age to attend the course.

Hunter education has reduced hunting accidents and deaths by more than 70-percent since it became mandatory in 1987. For this reason, MDC recommends all hunters become hunter-education certified. The program provides a foundation in hunting safety and ethics, and instills responsibility, improves skills and knowledge, and encourages interaction between beginner and veteran hunters.

Attendees must register for this class by Feb. 9. To register for this class or to learn more about Missouri’s hunter education process, visit or call (573) 248-2530.