Bowhunting is a skill developed through both training and practice. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has two upcoming Bowhunter Education courses scheduled to ensure hunters have the opportunity for proper training.
This year, the city of Cape Girardeau is discussing the possibility of implementing an archery hunt as early as September. MDC Protection District Supervisor Russell Duckworth said hunters who hope to participate in the possible urban archery hunt should plan to attend a Bowhunter Education course right away if they haven't already.
"If an archery hunt occurs, interested archery hunters will likely be required to have successfully completed the Department of Conservation's Bowhunter Education course before being allowed to archery hunt within the city limits of Cape Girardeau," Duckworth said.
Bowhunter education is not currently mandated for ordinary archery hunting in Missouri, but it is recommended by the MDC.
Led by both staff and volunteer hunter education instructors, the Bowhunter Education course provides a basic understanding of the skills, knowledge and attitude required to be a successful and responsible bowhunter. Topics covered through the course include Wildlife conservation, Safe and Responsible Bowhunting, Equipment Use, Preparation, Methods, Tree Stand Safety, Shot Placement, Game Recovery Techniques and Outdoor Preparedness.
"These courses provide hunters with knowledge about safety, responsible behaviors and skills necessary to hunt with a bow," Duckworth said, adding that hunters may take the course as many times as they wish, but the certification lasts a lifetime.
Scheduled Bowhunter Education courses:
* Perryville Sportmen's Club, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Cape Girardeau Osage Center, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call the MDC's Southeast Regional Office at (573)290-5730 to register. For more information on bowhunting or urban archery hunts, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov.