MDC reminds hunters of Hunter Ed requirement to buy firearms hunting permits

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters they must show proof of their Hunter Education certification number to buy firearms hunting permits if their certification number is not already in the Department’s permits system.

A hunter education course is required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967 who hunt with firearms. Proof of certification from any state is acceptable.

Hunters can find their “Hunter Ed #” on the front of their Missouri Conservation Heritage Card, or on their temporary Hunter Education certificate.

If hunters do not have one of these, they can call the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Hunter Education or Permit Services staff at 573-751-4115.

Missouri hunters and anglers also need their Conservation ID number, their Social Security number, or their driver’s license number to buy hunting and fishing permits. They must also provide their date of birth. The Conservation ID number can be found on the back of their Missouri Conservation Heritage Card along the bar code, or on any current or expired permit.

Buy Missouri hunting and fishing permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at, or through the Conservation Department’s FREE mobile apps, Mo Hunting and Mo Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.