The Missouri Department of Conservation will conduct a hunter skills training class in the Houston area on April 5.

To fulfill Missouri’s hunter education requirement, students must satisfy “both” knowledge and skills training.

The knowledge training may be satisfied by one of three ways:

Self-study. Study guides are available at the Houston branch of the Texas County Library. Students attending the hunter skills class will be required to submit this study guide with each chapter’s review questions answered.

•Online. Students must complete all the chapter reviews to receive the skills-session qualifier certificate, which must be shown before entering the hunter skills class (bring a printed copy or display the PDF on your mobile device). Note: The online class has a required fee. The web address is http://www.hunter-ed.com/missouri/.

•Classroom session. Students can register online and attend a four-hour classroom session featuring lectures and videos. The entire session must be attended to receive a skills-session qualifier certificate from the classroom instructors, which must be shown to enter the skills session in step two.

After completing the knowledge portion of the program, students may finish their hunter certification by attending the hands-on hunter skills class, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 5, at Faith Fellowship, Bucyrus (located on Highway 17 approximately four miles west of U.S. 63 in Houston).

Individual preregistration is required for the hunter skills class. Preregister online at http:/my.register-ed.com. For anyone who cannot attend the April 5 hunter skills class, the online registry will list other locations of classes throughout the state.

Students must be at least 11 years old to participate in the hunter education program.

For further assistance with hunter education, hunting and other conservation related topics, call Texas County MDC agents Chris Ely at 417-260-2865 or Jeff Crites at 417-260-2855.

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