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In Missouri, these are the requirements for hunter education certification.

  • You must be at least 11 years of age to receive Missouri Hunter Education Certification.
  • If you are 10 years of age or younger, you may hunt during a firearms hunting season only if you are in the immediate presence of a properly qualified adult mentor.
  • If you are 11 to 15 years of age and will be hunting during a firearms season:
    • You must take and pass a hunter education certification course if your parents wish to allow you to hunt without a qualified adult mentor being present.
    • You do not need hunter education certification if you hunt only when you are in the immediate presence of a qualified adult mentor.
  • If you are 16 years of age or older and were born on or after January 1, 1967, and you want to buy a firearms season hunting permit, you first must:
    • Take and pass a hunter education certification course or…
    • Purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authorization and hunt in the immediate presence of a qualified adult hunter.
  • If you were born before January 1, 1967, you are not required to complete hunter education certification before buying a firearms season hunting permit or mentoring.
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Hunting Mentors

During a firearms season, all mentors must meet age and education requirements to mentor a hunter who does not have a hunter education certificate and is not hunting on a landowner permit. This includes landowners and lessees mentoring on their own land.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and…
  • If you were born on or after January 1, 1967, you must take and pass a hunter education certification course if the person you are mentoring is not an immediate family member who actually resides with the landowner or lessee.