By NATHANIEL HODGES
A hunter education knowledge and skills session will be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Clarksburg C-2 School. The Sept. 30. session is the knowledge portion and will run from 5 -9 p.m. The Oct.1 session is the skills portion and will also go from 5-9 p.m. In order to attend either session, you must sign up online at http://www.register-ed.com/programs/missouri. While the knowledge (classroom) requirement can be accomplished without attending a session (like ours on Sept. 30), you must complete a skills session and pass the test! Due to these changes in the program, please be sure read this article completely before signing up.
The course has two parts: knowledge and skills. You must complete and pass both to earn your certificate.
Part one: Knowledge. Choose one of three convenient ways to complete the knowledge part.
Hunter Education Online. Our convenient online/mobile course is adapted to those with sight and hearing difficulties. It includes text, audio, images, graphs, videos, and interactive animation to help you complete all the chapter reviews. You must complete all the chapter reviews in order to receive your skills-session qualifier certificate, which you must show (bring a printed copy) to enter the skills session in step two. To register for this option go to http://www.hunter-ed.com/missouri/.
Self-study guide. Order a study guide online or pick one up at an MDC office. Then study the illustrated guide, complete all chapter reviews, and present your completed guide at the skills session in step two.
Classroom session. Register and attend a four-hour classroom session featuring lectures and videos. You MUST attend the complete session in order to receive your skills-session qualifier certificate from the instructors, which you must show to enter the skills session in step two. This is the session on Sept. 30.
Part two - Skills
Register for a skills session and pass the exam.
No matter how you complete the knowledge part and earn your skills-session qualifier certificate in step one, you must register for and attend a four-hour skills session. You must also bring your skills-session qualifier certificate or study guide with all chapters completed to gain entry. The skills session includes a mandatory 35-question, multiple-choice final exam. After completing step two successfully, you will receive a temporary certificate so you can purchase a permit and hunt immediately. This is our session on Oct 1.
Hunters who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, and are 16 or older must successfully complete an approved hunter-education course to qualify to buy firearms hunting permits. Some hunters who otherwise would not need hunter education must be certified if they want to mentor novice hunters. Details are listed on page 2 of the 2013 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available from permit vendors or at mdc.mo.gov/node/11416.