MDC offers Bowhunter Education Course at Jay Henges Shooting Range

News from the region
Saint Louis
Published Date

High Ridge, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a Bowhunter Education Class at its Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. This free course will provide participants with the opportunity to become certified in bow hunter safety.

The course will be offered over three evenings, Monday through Wednesday, July 20-22 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Attending all three sessions is necessary to receive certification. It is open to anyone 11 years and older.

Though not required by statewide hunting regulations, achieving bowhunter education certification has a number of advantages. Many cities that allow archery hunting inside their city limits require that bowhunters be certified to take part. Some landowners or special corporate landholdings may also require hunters to be bowhunter education certified before hunting on their land. Many other states require bowhunter education before hunters are allowed to apply for or take part in bow hunts in their state. Additionally, the course is an excellent refresher for veteran bowhunters.

Topics covered during the class will include:

  • Modern bowhunting history and development
  • Bowhunter responsibility and ethics
  • How archery equipment works, bowhunting and tree-stand safety
  • Wildlife identification, game care, survival and first aid skills
  • Shot placement, game recovery, trailing and field dressing
  • Awareness about wildlife conservation and management
  • Rules and information unique to Missouri

This class is an International Bowhunter Education Foundation (IBEF)/ National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) course and recognized by all states.
For more information on the class, call 314-301-1500. Participants must register by noon on July 20, which can be done by going to To learn more about Missouri's Bowhunter Education Program, visit