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story.lead_photo.caption Missouri residents ages 16 and older have the option to complete their hunter-education certification at their convenience through MDC's all-online format. Find more information

Missourians ages 16 and older may obtain their hunter-education certification through an all-online format, according to a Missouri Department of Conservation news release.

The online option, available at, allows residents to complete their certification at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person hunter-education skills sessions are limited in quantity and capacity. Skill sessions are necessary for anyone ages 11-15 to complete their hunter-education certification.

The cost of the online certification is $19.95, which is paid to the online provider, not MDC. The all-online option requires the passing of a final exam but has no skills portion.

Unless selected for a managed hunt, youth younger than 16 are not required to have hunter education certification to hunt with a firearm as long as they hunt in the immediate presence of an adult age 18 or older who is hunter education-certified or age-exempt (during youth season) and properly licensed (during regular seasons), according to MDC.

Find more information about hunter education and certification requirements at

Anyone age 16 or older who does not have their hunter education certification can purchase, along with their permit, the Apprentice Hunter Authorization, which allows them to hunt with a firearm in the immediate presence of an adult age 18 or older who is hunter education-certified or age-exempt and properly licensed. The Apprentice Authorization is good for one permit year, and hunters may purchase them twice (two permit years). The cost of the Apprentice Authorization is $10. Find more information at

The 2020-21 dates for fall deer and turkey hunting in Missouri are as follows:

2020-21 archery deer and turkey hunting: Sept. 15 through Nov. 13 and Nov. 25 through Jan. 15, 2021.

2020-21 firearms deer hunting dates:

Firearms deer early youth portion: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Firearms deer November portion: Nov. 14-24.

Firearms deer late youth portion: Nov. 27-29.

Firearms deer antlerless portion: Dec. 4-6.

Firearms deer alternative methods portion: Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2021.

Fall firearms turkey season: Oct. 1-31.

Learn more about MDC hunter education and certification requirements online at

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