The Missouri Department of Conservation took a new approach to its hunters education courses this year, allowing students the option to learn online or through a course book before taking a skills course. And after the class took place in the Macon High School Cafeteria on Saturday, September 21, Conservation Agent Matt Bergfield thought the change was a success.
"I do like the new format for hunter ed," said Bergfield. "It allows people to review the information when it is convenient for them and at their own pace. Then they get hands-on experience in categories where inexperience often leads to hunting incidents."
There were 34 individuals who attended the class. Students went through skills tests with various firearms, learned how to safely use tree stands and more. They were then given a 35-question test.
"I think this new format is better suited for a young persons learning style," said Bergfield. "Which makes up a large number of our students."