MDC offers introduction to bow fishing class in June

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St. Charles, Mo. — There's more than one way to catch a fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants anglers to discover something that might just be a new "angle" for pursuing their favorite fish.

How about trading a rod and reel for a bow and arrow?

MDC is offering a two-day Introduction to bow fishing class at the August A. Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles for ages 12 and up June 16 and 18. This introductory program is for beginners who want to learn how to get started in this exciting sport. By using archery equipment and methods, bow fishing merges aspects of both fishing and hunting into one activity.

Day one will take place in the classroom Thursday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The class will cover topics that include safety aspects, proper gear, fish ID, regulations, and ethics. All participants who attend the first day will have the opportunity to use MDC provided gear with guidance from staff on the second day.

Day two will be held Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. It will offer a field experience where participants can put into practice techniques learned in the classroom during a real bow fishing opportunity. Actual location will depend on weather, water levels and accessibility.

All participants must attend day one in order to take part on day two. A valid fishing or hunting permit is also required in order to attend this program. Those 15 years of age or younger, or 65 years of age or older, are exempt.

The program is free but advanced registration is required. Reservations open June 3 and can be made by calling 636-441-4554.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D in St. Charles, two miles west of Highway 94.

The beginning bow fishing program is one of the many programs and events offered by MDC throughout the St. Louis area to help people discover nature. To keep informed of all activities, subscribe to the free monthly Conservation Connections Newsletter by visiting or sign up for email news updates at