Hunter education training is a form of life insurance; only rarely is anyone who has had such training involved in any kind of firearms or hunting accidents.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will sponsor a Hunter Education Skills Session on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eldon Fire Department at 101 S. Oak St. There are now two portions to the hunter education course. One is the classroom portion that you can complete three different ways: 1) take the classroom course online, however there is a $15.00 fee for the online course; 2) obtain a manual from an MDC office, complete all chapter reviews and bring completed manual with you to the skills portion; or 3) attend a classroom session. Once you have met one of those requirements, you must attend a skills portion, which is what is being offered on Oct. 7.

Included in the training will be gun safety, information about firearms and ammunition, the role of the hunter and hunting in wildlife management and conservation, responsibilities of the outdoors person, outdoor ethics and hunter preparedness.

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 under the age of 14 should bring proof of age. If applicable, students should bring their Heritage Card or any permit purchased after Feb. 1, 1996.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by going online at or by calling (573)346-2210.

For more information, contact

Tisha Holden at 417-532-7904 ext. 6341.