The autumn hunting seasons are approaching, and the Missouri Department of Conservation urges new hunters to start early on obtaining the hunter education certificates needed to legally hunt.
Online and in-person options are available.
Hunter education teaches and tests participants about safe firearms handling and basic hunting skills and regulations.
The certification course can be completed online by hunters age 16 and older for a paid fee to an online provider.
But for hunters age 11 to 15, or those of any age seeking in-person instruction, they must take the free skills class in person.
The skills classes are for students age 11 and older.
In the northwest region, seats are available for skills sessions scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, at Gallatin High School, and from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Princeton High School.
In September, sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Carrollton Fire Station, and from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and the Cornerstone Church Event Center in Chillicothe.