The Missouri Department of Conservation will sponsor one Hunter Education Skills Course from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Buffalo Veterans of Foreign Wars. Included in the training will be firearm safety, information about firearms and ammunition, tree stand safety, hands-on experience in safely loading and unloading different types of firearms, carrying firearms safely in the field and safely crossing obstacles in the field with a firearm.

New for 2018, anyone 16 years and older can complete the course online at hunter-ed.com/missouri/. Those younger than 16 years old must complete a knowledge course and a skills course. Youth may complete the knowledge course to qualify for the upcoming skills course in either one of two ways: 1. Take the course online (go to mdc.mo.gov for more information). However, there is a $15 fee required to take the online course and receive verification of completion; 2. Or obtain a hunter education student manual from a conservation office, complete all chapter reviews and then bring the completed manual to the skills course. Once youth have successfully completed the knowledge course by one of the methods mentioned above, they must attend a four-hour skills course to become hunter education-certified.

Pre-registration is required to attend the skills course on Oct. 6. Registration can be done by going online at hunter-ed.com/missouri/ or by calling (417) 532-7612.

Those successfully completing the course will receive a Hunter Education Certification Card from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Such certification is mandatory before a hunter can purchase a hunting permit in many states and Canadian provinces.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967, is required to be certified before purchasing a firearms permit in the state of Missouri. Certification is limited to students 11 years of age or older.

Students younger than 14 years old should bring proof of age. If applicable, students should bring their Heritage Card or a recent hunting or fishing permit.

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