There will be two Hunter Education classes offered in Douglas County this spring. The first class will be held at the Ava High School Ag Building located on NE 3rd Street on March 23 and 24.
Class time will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. There will be a lunch break on Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. Parents are welcome to pick up the students or they can bring a lunch.
It is mandatory to attend both days. Please contact Conservation Agent Mark Henry for further information.
The second Hunter Education class will be an all-day class on Saturday, April 7 at the Williams Shootin’ Iron near Vanzant. Students will need to bring a lunch with them. Please contact Paul Williams at 417-948-2904 for further information.
Students can register for either class on line at www.mdc.mo.gov and go to the hunter education link to find the class they want to attend. There is no fee to take hunter education classes.
Parents or guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend either class with their students. Certification is limited to those 11 years of age or older. Those successfully completing either course will receive a hunter education certification card from the Department of Conservation. Such certification is mandatory before a hunter can purchase a hunting license in many states. Students will not need to bring any items with them. Books and pencils will be provided.
Included in the training will be firearm safety, information about firearms and ammunition, the role of a hunter, wildlife management and conservation, responsibilities of the outdoors person, outdoor ethics and Missouri laws.