Apprentice Hunter Program

Share the Experience

Try hunting before taking hunter education

Missouri's Apprentice Hunter Program is for experienced hunters who want to share the joy of hunting with a friend or relative, and it's for the curious who want to try hunting before making the commitment to become hunter-education certified.

Under this program, people age 16 and older who are not hunter-education certified are allowed to hunt with firearms as long as they satisfy the following requirements:

  • First purchase the Apprentice Hunter Authorization for $10 (Good for one year. See note below).
  • Purchase a firearms hunting permit: a small game permit or spring turkey permit, for example.
  • Hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed, hunter-education certified hunter who is 18 years old or older, or who was born before January 1, 1967. “Immediate presence” means close enough for normal conversation, without shouting.

Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization allows you to purchase firearms permits throughout the permit year, and you can purchase the authorization for two permit years. After the second year, you must become hunter-education certified if you want to continue hunting on a firearms permit.

Missouri is a leader in hunter recruitment, and the Apprentice Hunter Authorization is just one more tool to help experienced and novice hunters continue Missouri's rich hunting tradition.