MDC virtual program on Sept. 16 will focus on scouting for deer

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Scouting is an important part of deer hunting. A little legwork in the woods now can pay huge dividends on later hunts.

If you’re a beginning deer hunter who’s trying to gather as much information as possible so you can be successful this fall, be sure to sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Hunting: Reading the Deer Woods.” This free online program, which will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. At this program, MDC Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell will have tips on some of the basic deer habits, signs, and other characteristics that will help lead to hunting success. This program is open to ages 10 and up. People can register at:

At the Sept. 16 program, Cantrell will discuss how deer habits and advance scouting factor into tree stand placement. He will also have information on deer habitat, regulations, hunting strategies, safety, equipment, and game care.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an e-mail, so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Program registrants should note that they now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to log-off or log-in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.

More information about the Sept. 16 program can be obtained by calling MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at 417-629-3434. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at