JEFFERSON CITY – Four hundred Missourians have been drawn to participate in this year’s first black bear hunt, which is scheduled to open on October 18. These hunters have been asked to attend special education programs to prepare for their hunt, but the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is now opening the educational opportunity to the public.
Learn more about black bear hunting during the September 30 “Black Bear Basics” virtual program. The online program will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be led by experienced MDC instructors. Register for the event at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZyZ.
“This virtual program is not only for hunters who have been drawn for the upcoming black bear season, but anyone who wants to learn more about black bear hunting in Missouri,” said MDC Furbearer and black bear biologist Laura Conlee.
During the September 30 program, participants will learn about wildlife identification, habitats, regulations, safety, hunting strategies, game equipment and maintenance.
Although this program is free, registration is required. To participate, use the link above. Registrants must provide an email address so that a link to the program can be sent to them.
To learn more about the upcoming black bear season, visit the “Bears: Season” web page at mdc.mo.gov. To learn more about Missouri’s black bear population, search for the entry “American Black Bear” in the MDC Field Guide at mdc.mo.gov.