Hunter education safety class to be held at MVC, Oct. 8

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A hunter education and certification class will be held at Missouri Valley College Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. This four-hour class will be held in the Charles L. Bacon room on the second floor of the Malcolm Center for Student Life.

A Missouri's hunter education course is required for any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1967.

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 -- some exceptions apply.

Hunter education has reduced hunting accidents and deaths by more than 70 percent since it became mandatory in 1987. The Hunter Education Program provides a foundation in hunting safety and ethics. It instills responsibility, improves skills and knowledge, and encourages interaction between beginner and veteran hunters.

The education course will cover hunter responsibility and ethics; how firearms work and firearm safety; wildlife identification, game care, survival and first-aid skills; firearm-handling skills and hunting techniques; awareness about wildlife conservation and management; rules and information unique to Missouri.

Anyone age 11 or above is eligible to take the course and exam. 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. Youth 10 years of age or younger may hunt during a firearms hunting season if they are in the immediate presence of an adult mentor who possesses the proper permit.

The course has two parts -- knowledge and skills. Participants must complete and pass both sessions to earn their certificate. Both sessions must be completed in Missouri. Another state's knowledge session will not count toward a Missouri hunter education certificate.

For more information on requirements for passing both sessions and/or attending this hunter's education program, contact Chase Wright at chase.wright@mdc.mo.gov

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