Missouri Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for Missouri.

Who is required to complete hunter education in Missouri?

According to Missouri law, all hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1967, or who are 16 years of age or older, or who will use a firearm to hunt alone, must complete hunter education certification in order to hunt in Missouri.

Is completion of a Missouri state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes, in many cases. In order to buy a license, Missouri requires that hunters who were born on or after January 1, 1967, must first complete a course approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation and IHEA-USA.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.


All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Conservation Heritage Card. Likewise, Missouri will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Missouri-Approved Hunting Course

The Missouri Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by Missouri Department of Conservation.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This Missouri Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Missouri Department of Conservation hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the Missouri Department of Conservation and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure Missouri hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Missouri online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Missouri a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with Missouri Department of Conservation and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Missouri Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions