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Hunter Education class starts Aug. 18

By Staff | Aug 8, 2009

Jill Gifford took aim in the hands-on archery training during the Hunter Education class May 2008 at the Emmet County Izaak Walton League grounds. EDN file photo

A hunter eduction class will be this Aug. 18, 20 and 22 at the Emmet County Izaak Walton League grounds in Estherville. To get to the rounds, turn south off Central Avenue at the municipal swimming pool and go south to the sign for the Izaak Walton grounds.

The class is sponsored by The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, The Huntsman and the Emmet County Izaak Walton league.

The Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Thursday, Aug. 20 sessions will be held from 6-9 p.m. while the Saturday, Aug. 22 session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided during the Saturay session. Participants must attend all three dates for certification.

Hunter education is mandatory in Iowa for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1972, if that person wants to obtain an Iowa Hunting license.

Participants must be at 11 years old. The course includes classroom sessions on safety, laws, such as bag limits, and ethics with a field day Saturday in which participants will get the chance to become familiar with muzzleloaders, archery, rifles and shotguns. All instructors are licensed in hunter education instruction.

Participants will receive a paper certificate immediately upon completion of the course and in three to four weeks they will receive a hard card from the DNR.

Class size is limited to 30 students and preregistration is required. To enroll contact lead instructor Rick Ault at a.ault@msn.com or call 712-362-2758 or 712-380-2758.

The course is also one of the requirements for those who want to purchase surplus military rifles through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, regardless of age. Membership is also required in a CMP-affiliated organization for those who want to buy surplus military rifles from the CMP.

For more information about Civilian Marksmanship Program and its requirements, see www.odcmp.org