Hunting and Shooting Skills Classes

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Complementary hands-on classes build on the foundation of our required hunter education course to increase your skills in the field. Check the calendar below for workshops and courses near you.

Learn

  • Basic and advanced rifle and shotgun shooting
  • Introduction to trap and skeet
  • Wildlife identification
  • Introduction to deer, turkey, and waterfowl hunting
  • Advanced hunting techniques

Hunting Events

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Join us to learn how to hunt rabbits. We will start in the classroom with a clinic and then head out to the field to hunt. For hunters ages 11-15, must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 1

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 10

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you have never hunted before, this program will introduce you to hunting in a controlled environment with the emphasis on upland hunting. The clinic is mandatory in order to participate in the hunt. the hunt will be Sat. February 23 for ages 11-15. Must be hunter education certified and comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 10

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you have never hunted before, this program will introduce you to hunting with the emphasis on upland hunting. The clinic is mandatory in order to participate in the hunt. the hunt will be Sat. February 16 for women ages 11 and up. Must be hunter education certified and comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Duck Horn Lodge

Adult Onset Upland Hunt Participants must have a current small game hunting license. This event is for the novice and first time hunters. Participants will receive instruction in shooting, hunting, game cleaning and preparation. For more information and to register contact Mark Miller at 660-530-5500 or email at mark.miller@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Late winter and early spring is a great time of the year to be out in the woods scouting for deer sign in preparation for the next deer hunting season. With no foliage on the trees and the ground usually wet, you can easily find deer sign such as tracks, deer droppings, rubs, bedding areas and even old scrapes. The sign you find this time of the year can reveal a lot about deer movement and habits that will give you a “head start” for the upcoming season in the fall. It’s also a great time of the year to find deer sheds (dropped antlers) and see the sign of other wildlife while you look for deer sign. This course is designed for the person with little experience and wants to get started hunting deer. This course isn’t just for the beginning deer hunter though, it can also be for other wildlife enthusiasts such as photographers, hikers or folks who just enjoy being in the outdoors.

The course will start in the classroom at 10:00am and we will learn about deer habits and what to look for while scouting. The next part of the course will be actually going out into the woods for about 1.5 to 2 hour hike looking for the deer sign you learned about in the classroom. The last hour or so will be returning to the classroom to share your discoveries with the rest of the class. Class will be canceled during extreme cold or rainy weather.

Date and Times: Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve; Freund Center (directions will be emailed to you)
Age of Participants: 6 years old and up (6 – 15 years need to have an adult guardian with them)
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather and bring good hiking boots, gloves, stocking cap, high energy snacks (granola bars, trail mix, nuts, raisins or other fruit) binoculars and something to take pictures with (smart phone or digital camera).

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Register by April 2

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(all ages, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Spring turkey hunting offers some of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding hunts in Missouri! Join us to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, or gain confidence so you can harvest a big spring gobbler. We will discuss turkey biology, habitat, hunting strategies, firearms, ammunition, and much more!

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.