Hunters must complete a class before being certified

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COLUMBIA - For Missouri hunters, there are certain criteria they must meet before getting into the woods.

One part is the education skills course with one class Wednesday at the Missouri Department of Conservation in Columbia.

“The hunter education skills course is one part of the hunter education certification in Missouri. Hunter education certification is made up of several things, most importantly, it teaches how to be safe and responsible with firearms,” Brian Flowers, outdoor skills specialist, said.

Flowers said the education skills course is held every month around the state, but classes do fill up more quickly during the fall.

“This time of year classes do fill up a little faster because the demand for those classes is greater, but they are held at all times of the year,” Flowers said.

Flowers also said Boone County has about 10-12 of these classes per year, and once people take the class, the certification is good in all 50 states, Mexico and Canada.

Hunters can learn a variety of skills during the four-hour long class.

“They’re going to learn safe firearms handling. They’re gonna learn about hunting responsibly. They’re going to learn about conservation, and all those things that surround hunting and how to be a safe hunter,” Flowers said.

People must complete a knowledge portion, either online or in person, before being able to take the class.

Anyone ready to take the course now can go to missouriconservation.org for a list and schedule of all upcoming classes.

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