Conservation to host archery, atlatl course

Bow and atlatl, pictured above, are historic hunting tools in Missouri. (Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host an archery and atlatl introduction course in Fulton.

The course will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Fulton Archery Range, 2100-2198 Power Lane, according to a MDC release.

At the course, attendees will learn archery safety, bow operation, shooting fundamentals and safe storage practices.

Attendees will also learn how to operate and store an atlatl, which is are "narrow devices used to throw a spear-like projectile known as a dart," a release states.

Darts thrown from an atlatl can reach speeds of almost 100 miles per hour.

Attendees of the course will be able to practice their bow and atlatl skills, both of which are legal methods of harvesting a deer in Missouri.

Registration for the event is required, and can be completed online at MDC's website.