Scouting is an important part of deer hunting. A little legwork in the woods now can pay huge dividends on subsequent hunts.
If you are a newbie deer hunter trying to gather as much information as possible to be successful this fall, be sure to enroll in the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Hunting: Reading the Deer Woods”.
This free online program, which runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on September 16, is hosted by staff at the MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin. During this program, MDC Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell will have advice on some of the basic deer habits, signs, and other characteristics that will contribute to successful hunting.
This program is open to ages 10 and up. People can register on:
During the September 16 program, Cantrell will discuss how deer habits and the advanced scouting factor in the placement of tree stands. He will also have information on deer habitat, regulations, hunting strategies, safety, game equipment and maintenance.
Although this program is free, and registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an email so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.
Those enrolled in the program should note that they now have the option of linking their children’s accounts to theirs, which will streamline the process of enrolling in the program. Once a group account is created, parents will be able to register their children for an event without having to sign out or sign in for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members for an event at the same time.
More information about the September 16 program can be obtained by calling the MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at (417) 629-3434. Staff at MDC facilities across the state run virtual and in-person programs.