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The Missouri Department of Conservation will be holding a Skills Session from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka on October 13, 2020.
If you plan to hunt during a Missouri firearms season or you are acting as an adult mentor, you MUST first complete an approved hunter-education certification program and provide proof of completion UNLESS:
• You are 15 years or younger and will be hunting with a properly permitted adult mentor 18 years of age or older.
• You were born before Jan. 1, 1967.
• You are 16 or older and have purchased an Apprentice Hunter Authorization and will be hunting with a properly permitted adult mentor 18 years of age or older.
• You are the landowner or lessee hunting on land you own or upon which you reside.
Step 1: In order to complete the certification you must Choose ONE of two convenient ways to complete the knowledge part. Then you must attend a four-hour skills session.
1. Hunter Education Online. You MUST complete all the chapter reviews in order to receive your skills-session qualifier certificate, which you MUST show (bring a printed copy or display the PDF on your mobile device) to enter the skills session. Log on to MDC.MO.GOV to take this option. ($15 will be charged with completion of this option)
2. Self-study Guide. Order a study guide by phone from an MDC office or Clark County Conservation Agent Rudd Binsbacher. Then study the illustrated guide, complete all chapter reviews, and present your completed guide at the skills session in step two.
Step 2: Classroom session (skills season)-Register and attend a four-hour classroom session featuring lectures, videos, and hands on knowledge. Log on to MDC.MO.GOV to register for this option.
• No matter how you complete the knowledge part and earn your skills-session qualifier certificate in step one, you must register for and attend a four-hour skills session. You must also bring your skills-session qualifier certificate or study guide with all chapters completed to gain entry. The skills session includes a mandatory 35-question, multiple-choice final exam. After completing step two successfully, you will receive a temporary certificate so you can purchase a permit and hunt immediately.
MDC recommends that youth begin hunting with an adult mentor to become familiar with hunting and terminology before taking the course.
Youths younger than 16 years of age DO NOT need hunter education to hunt any game species in Missouri until they are ready to hunt alone.
For more information feel free to contact Clark County Conservation Agent Rudd Binsbacher at 660-341-1595 or the Northeast Regional Office at 660-785-2420.