St. Louis, Mo. - Among the most challenging and elusive prey a hunter can pursue in nature are animals that are themselves hunters.
The intelligence and cunning of these predators are on another level when compared to much of the quarry hunters typically chase.
The Missouri Department of Conservation invites hunters to expand their game with the Virtual Introduction to Predator Hunting and Trapping program on Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This online class is free and open to ages 11 and up. It will be taught by staff from the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
“With a lot of other hunting seasons winding down, predator hunting is a great alternative to continue the hunting season,” said MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center Manager Bryant Hertel.
Predator species that are legal to hunt or trap in Missouri include coyotes, foxes, bobcats and mink.
The Virtual Introduction Predator Hunting and Trapping class will teach participants skills they will need to hunt and call in common predators. It will also cover how to set a trap line. Students will learn the seasons and regulations to legally pursue these animals as well as techniques used in the field to increase their chances of success.
The class will introduce participants to the appropriate gear they will need, how and where to locate a stand and what calls to use and how to use them. Hunters will learn safety considerations specific to predator hunting. Busch Range stiff will present several different styles of traps and demonstrate how to use them.
Virtual Introduction Predator Hunting and Trapping is a free virtual program, but advanced online registration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4kE. Attendees will receive an invitation and program link by email from WebEx the day before the program.
Program registrants should note that families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children to an event without having to logoff and login for each person. This allows parents to register an entire family or select family members to an event at the same time.
Stay informed of MDC latest programs by going to the MDC St. Louis regional events page at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZP6.