About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the Missouri Hunter's Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Conservation Heritage Card.

Learn More Register for the Course

Hunter aiming muzzleloader in kneeling position

Several rules must be followed to ensure safe operation of a muzzleloader.

  • Always obey the rules for safe firearm handling.
  • Use only black powder or an approved black powder substitute in your muzzleloader.
  • Mark the ramrod to show “empty” and “loaded,” ensuring the barrel contains only one charge.
  • Never pour powder directly from a horn, flask, or other larger container.
  • Swab the barrel between shots to protect against burning embers igniting the powder charge while reloading.
  • Keep your muzzleloader clean. Black powder residue can quickly ruin the barrel.
  • Do not smoke while handling black powder.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection.