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Registration period: October 6 - November 26
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:30 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This ladies wing shooting program and duck hunt is designed for those who are new to/or are beginning duck hunters. This is a 2-day commitment.

On Saturday November 27th, you will meet at the Duck Creek Conservation Area Headquarters (Brown Building) where we will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, distance estimation, along with a duck wing ID, and practice wing shooting. Dress appropriately as we will be outside for most of the event. Please bring a 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun, along with steel shot to match your shotgun. If you do not have access to a shotgun, please let me know.

Early morning on Friday December 3rd, you will meet with your duck hunting guide at the Southeast Missouri location that your guide will designate. You will duck hunt the morning of Friday December 3rd. (Many locations will need waders and your guide will let you know prior to the Friday December 3rd if you will need them. If you do not have access to waders, please let me know)

Ladies need to have completed the Hunter Education course prior the first day of the event.

A confirmation email and list of “what to bring the day of the hunt” will be sent closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bradshaw:

Registration period: November 8 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 11:30 pm
Location: Greene County Raccoon Hunters clubhouse

Do you want the experience of hearing coonhounds track and tree some of Missouri’s masked bandits? This program is for you! The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is partnering with members of the Greene County Coon Hunter’s Association to host a raccoon hunt for folks wanting to learn the basics of racoon hunting. Registered participants will be partnered with a hunting guide and hounds. Then sent out in the woods to harvest some racoons. Participants will be divided in groups of 5 and MUST provide their own transportation to and from the hunting locations, which will be determined the evening of the hunt. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the terrain and weather conditions and bring a flashlight to walk through the woods. Registered participants will learn the basics of Missouri racoon hunting, a treasured hunting activity for generations by many Missouri furbearers.

Topics of the Event

1) Seasons and Regulations of racoon hunting

2) Legal times and methods of harvest

3) Basic training and handling of a coonhound

4) Harvesting and skinning methods

5) Basic coonhound knowledge – how the hound’s scent, track, and tree and the associated barks with each.

6) Modern tracking collars and system operation

All participants must possess a Missouri small game hunting license if not exempt

Come join us for an educational and fun hunting event in the woods! Participants should expect to do a fair amount of walking, but hopefully the dogs will tree close form where they are turned out!

Driving directions - West from Springfield on I-44. 15 miles to PP Hwy, North 1/4 mile to Hwy 266, West 1 mile to F Hwy, North on F Hwy 2 miles

The Greene County Coon Hunter's is located on F Hwy directly across the road from a rural Bois D Arc fire station.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program and hunt is for women, new to duck hunting, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory clinic on Tuesday, November 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Busch Range to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. The hunt will be Saturday, December 4. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on December 4th.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

First Time Archery Deer Hunters

December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12

Hunt # 22

1 deer of either sex

Hunter must attend pre-hunt orientation, those who do not attend, are disqualified.

Only first-time deer hunters, 18 years of age or older, who have never harvested a deer by archery method are eligible.

Hunters who require an assistant must provide one.

Mandatory Pre-Hunt Orientation – Tuesday, September 21, 6pm – 8pm, Jay Henges Shooting Range, Education Center

Contact Kurt Otterstein at for questions

Registration period: November 23 - December 3
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:00 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Our staff are often asked about details of hunting with handguns. Attend this session to get some answers on how to get started in handgun hunting this year. Learn from our experienced instructors about wildlife identification, habits and habitats, regulations, safety, hunting strategies, equipment, and game care. Attend this class to increase your success in the field.
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Sunday, December 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt rabbits. Topics will include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, and techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

Registration period: October 29 - December 17
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, December 21, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Taking a shot is a split second decision that has very complex outcomes. Learn about what it takes to be a disciplined, ethical, law abiding and safe hunter. In this course, participants will use a hunting simulator and test their decision making skills while be guided by a skilled Hunter Education Instructor. This promises to be a fun filled educational course aimed at making the right decision and enjoy a lifetime of hunting.
Registration period: December 23 - February 4
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, February 5, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range