MDC offers rabbit hunting clinic for women

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CAPE GIRARDEAU Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer “Discover Nature-Women Rabbit Hunting with Beagles Clinic” at Duck Creek Conservation Area on Feb. 12. “Discover Nature-Women” is a series of outdoor-skills trainings designed for women. The clinic will consist of a one-day training session and guided hunt.

The morning session will combine classroom and hands-on training in the field. Topics will include the history and biology of eastern cottontail and swamp rabbits in Missouri, rabbit hunting with beagles, equipment, regulations and shotgun shooting techniques. Lunch and equipment will be provided to participants.

The afternoon hunt will team participants with local rabbit hunting experts on privately and publicly owned areas near MDC's Duck Creek Conservation Area.

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and are required to purchase appropriate hunting permits. A $25 pre-registration fee must be included with applications. This payment will be returned to the participants at the clinic on Feb. 12.

Applications and pre-registration fees should be delivered to the MDC Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau by Feb. 4. Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process after Feb. 4. Applicants born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, must complete a Hunter Education Course or purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authorization in addition to their regular small-game hunting permit in order to attend the event.

For more information contact Conservation Agent Mic Plunkett at 573-495-2737 or the MDC  Southeast Regional Office at 573-290-5730.