The Missouri Department of Conservation has begun accepting applications for a women-only managed deer hunt in Kansas City.

The managed deer hunt will be held from Oct. 24 to 25 at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs.

Applications for the hunt will be accepted until July 31. This hunt is open to women 18 and older who have never harvested a white-tailed deer.

MDC manages 1,071 acres at the area as forest, open woodland and restored native grassland. The mix of natural habitats benefits deer and other wildlife.

Bill Graham, media specialist, said this managed hunt is an excellent opportunity for women interested in learning about deer hunting to get training and in-field experience with a mentor at their side. The goal of the event is to help connect women with outdoor skills and sports.

Hunters will be only allowed to use shotguns and shells with slugs designed for short-range deer hunting. A shotgun can be provided for a hunter upon request.

Each hunter will have a mentor assisting during the hunt. Hunters may harvest two deer, but only one can be an antlered deer. The managed hunt does not prevent women from harvesting deer during the regular archery and firearm deer seasons.

Hunters must attend a full-day mandatory orientation session beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at MDC’s Lake City Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.

The session will allow participants to review firearm safety and ethical hunting practices. They also will have an opportunity to practice shooting at the range.

Afterwards, they will meet at Burr Oak Woods and attend a Deer Hunting 101 class. Hunters then will have an opportunity to scout the zone that they will hunt in. The day will conclude with the skills portion of hunter’s education certification if the hunter has not yet completed this requirement.

The conservation department will ask participants to follow recommended safety precautions against the COVID-19 virus during training and the hunt.

To apply for the women-only managed hunt at Burr Oak Woods, or any of MDC’s managed hunts statewide, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZkC.

Margaret Slayton can be reached at margaret.slayton@newspressnow.com.