The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake will sponsor a Hunter Education class at the Wappapello Lake Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center.
The class will be Friday, March 20, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students must attend both sessions, which will total at least 10 hours in the classroom. The visitor center is located at the south end of the Wappapello Dam. Students should bring their social security number, current conservation I.D. number (if they have one) and their own refreshments. Students may either bring their lunch or make other arrangements for the one hour lunch break on Saturday.
Class size will be limited to 50 students and students must pre-register to enroll in the course. You may pre-register by calling the Wappapello Lake Management Office at (573) 222-8562 during business hours or just stop by the office. The course is free of charge. The class may be canceled if less than 20 students are pre-registered.
Included in the training will be gun safety, information about firearms and ammunition, the role of the hunter and hunting in wildlife management and conservation, responsibilities of the outdoors person, outdoor ethics and hunter preparedness.
Those successfully completing the course will receive a Hunter Education Certification Card from the Department of Conservation. Such certification is mandatory for hunters born after January 1, 1967, to purchase firearms hunting permits in Missouri.
A regulation enacted on January 1, 1993, requires Missouri Hunter Education students to be at least 11 years of age. All students age 16 and under attending the course MUST provide proof of age. Also, students will need to know their mailing address and telephone number.
For more information, please contact Park Ranger Rosie Lemons at the Wappapello Lake Project Office at (573) 222-8562. For 24-hour lake information, call the Recreation Hotline at (573) 222-8139. For information concerning hunting/fishing rules and regulations, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at (573) 290-5730.