Hunter safety class scheduled
A Hunter Education Safety Class is scheduled in October at the Southeast Iowa Skeet Club.
The class is set from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 3 and from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5. Attendance is required at all three sessions.
The class is free.
Preregistration is required. For preregistration and information, contact Shawn Morrissey, operations manager at Jefferson County Park, at 472-4421.
To purchase an Iowa hunting license, a person must have a certificate showing he or she has completed a hunter education course. The course is mandatory for everyone born after Jan. 1, 1972. The minimum age for certification is 12.
A person who is 11 years old or older can enroll in a hunter safety course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate which becomes valid on his or her 12th birthday.
Iowa residents under the age of 12 can be issued a deer or turkey license; however, a licensed adult hunter must accompany each youth hunter.
Hunter education is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.
For additional information about the mandatory classes, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website at www.iowadnr.gov or call 515-281-5918.