Hunter Education Training Course Slated at MSSU

October 9, 2006

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Hunter Education training is a form of life insurance. Only rarely are those who have had such training involved in any kind of firearms or hunting accident.

The Missouri Southern State University Campus Recreation Office will sponsor a two-day, 14-hour course from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 on the 3rd Floor of Billingsly Student Center at MSSU.

Included in the training will be gun safety, information about firearms and ammunition as well as wildlife management and conservation. Hunters' responsibility to the landowner, wildlife and environment will be stressed. Instruction will be given in outdoor ethics and hunter preparedness.

Those successfully completing the two-day course will receive a Missouri Conservation Heritage Card with Hunter Education certification from the Department of Conservation. Such certification is mandatory before a hunter can purchase a hunting permit in many states, Canadian Provinces and Mexico.

In Missouri, anyone born on or after January 1, 1967 must present proof of hunter education training in order to purchase any type of Missouri hunting permit. Certification is limited to students 11 years of age and older. A birth certificate is required for students under age 16.

All students are required to bring a pencil, ink pen, highlighter, and social security number. Those with Missouri Heritage cards and/or Missouri hunting or fishing permits, should bring these as well.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 60 students. The class will be canceled if fewer than 10 students pre-register. For information and/or registration, call the Campus Recreation Office at (417) 625-3135.



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