Hunter Education & Skills Training

Hunter Education Requirement

Hunter education is required to purchase a firearms hunting permit in Missouri. Read more details on hunter education requirements. There are two options to complete your Hunter Education Certification!

Option #1 Blended Format (11 years of age or older)

You must complete both step 1 and 2 of Missouri’s Hunter Education Program to receive Missouri’s hunter education certification. We do accept complete certifications from all other states.

Step 1: The Knowledge Portion

Take a class in person or take a class online (applicable fee paid to online course provider) or complete a self-study guide

Step 2: The Skills Portion

Sign up for the Skills Session Class and Exam

Option #2 All Online (16 years of age or older)

Missouri residents, 16 years of age and older can complete the entire program online. Take a class online for a fee paid to online course provider. Once you’ve completed the course and passed a 60-question final exam with a score of 80 percent or better, you will receive your certification. You do not have to attend a skill session.

Improve Your Skills

Many classes are available for advancing your hunting skills. Find skills training events near you.

Be a volunteer instructor

Experienced hunters are encouraged to volunteer as instructors for our Hunter Education courses. Contact your local MDC Office to learn more.

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Hunter Education and Certification Requirement

Missouri's hunter education course is required for any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1967. Learn what the course covers and where to take it, including an online option for the knowledge portion.

Visit any MDC office to pick up a manual, or use this form to have one mailed to you.

Bowhunter Education

Be a better, safer, more successful bowhunter. Find Missouri bowhunter education classes near you.

Hunting and Shooting Skills Classes

Complementary hands-on classes build on the foundation of our required hunter education course to increase your skills in the field.

Effective Wingshooting Workshops

Improve your shotgunning skills, deepen your commitment to conservation, and reduce hunting expenses. Sign up to attend a free workshop.

Apprentice Hunter Program

Missouri's Apprentice Hunter Program gives people a chance to try hunting before getting hunter-education certified, as long as they hunt with an experienced hunter.