SAFETY 101: How to prepare for Missouri’s 2022 hunting season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – For serious hunters, opening day is their favorite day of the year.

Before the hunting season commences, here are some safety precautions as outlined by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in 2020 alone, there were 22 hunting-related accidents with 19 of those being preventable.

Chris Doran with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) explains that hunting-specific safety classes is vital to everyone’s safety.

“The number one rule that we teach in that class is keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Positively identify your target and what’s behind it. Know the animal that you’re shooting at and know what’s behind that animal,” said Doran.

Rich Roark, with Armstrong Outdoors, makes sure to always have proper hunting safety equipment available.

“You know, it’s real important to not ever get in that stand without the proper safety equipment to protect you. We try to keep all everything safety in stock at both of our locations,” said Roark.

Hunting Safety Tips:

  • Be familiar with your firearms.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are.
  • Be prepared for all emergencies.
  • Exercise caution with a tree stand.
  • Be visible.
  • Attend a training course.
  • Know the rules.

MDC Requirements for the Hunter Education Course:

  • You must be at least 10-years-old to take the online course. You must be 11-years-old to attend the Hunter Education Course.
  • You must be a resident of Missouri.
  • The cost to take the course costs $24.95.
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