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Revised Hunter Education Course Will Be Offered Here on Saturday, Oct. 12

A Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education course will be offered at the Ava Middle School cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Conservation agent Mark Henry says the hunter education program has been revised. The new program has more flexibility for participation and a greater emphasis on hands-on training.
The goal, of course, is to keep putting safe hunters in the field and, to date, Missouri has a good track record. Since hunter education became mandatory in Missouri in 1987, the number of hunting accidents in the state has dropped by more than 70 percent.
Missouri’s new and more flexible hunter education program is divided into two parts. The first part provides necessary knowledge about hunting equipment, safety and ethics through three options – an online course, a self-paced student manual or through a four-hour class session.
The online course includes audio, pictures, graphs, videos and interactive animation that is designed to enhance the learning experience. Students who choose this option must complete all their chapter reviews as they go through the information and then print their completion certificate. There is a $15 course fee with this method.
Students who choose the self-paced student manual must get this manual from a Missouri Department of Conservation office or by completing an on-line order form. They must then study the information and complete all chapter reviews at their own pace before attending a mandatory skills session.
Students who opt for the four-hour classroom session can either sign up for these sessions by going to the Department of Conservation’s website or by calling the nearest Department of Conservation office. The classroom session will begin in Ava at 8 a.m. and end at noon on Oct. 12.
After completing one of these three knowledge options, all students must complete the second part of the Hunter Education procedure – a hands-on skill session. Students will need to bring the student manual with the chapter reviews filled out or their completion certificate from the online portion.
The skills session includes hands-on training with a firearm and a mandatory 35-question multiple-choice final exam that is based heavily on knowledge that has been gained from the learning options and the skill sessions. The mandatory skills session will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. in Ava on Oct. 12. (It should be noted that students who opt for the four-hour classroom session and then take a skill session should register for each session separately.)
After successful completion of both portions of the course, students will receive a temporary certificate so they can immediately start hunting while their Hunter Education certification card is being processed.
Individuals can have hunter education manuals sent to their homes by ordering them from http://mdc.mo.gov/node/23045.
To register for the classroom session or the skills session of the Hunter Education course go to http://mdc.mo.gov/node/3095 or call Conservation Agent Mark Henry at 417-543-5990.

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