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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 8, 2009

Emmet County residents will have the chance to obtain their Hunter Education certification in a three-session class hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources starting Aug. 18.

Participants will learn hunter safety plus get hands-on experience with muzzleloaders, archery, rifles and shotguns. The class is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1972. It’s also one of the requirements for anyone who wants to buy surplus military rifles through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The class will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Thursday Aug. 20 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. with lunch provided during the last session.

The main problem with hunter education – which has a constant emphasis on safety – is that far too few people participate in it. Everyone, regardless of age, can benefit from a hunter eduction class. If you’re afraid of guns, and you take a hunter education class, you won’t be afraid of them anymore. It’s as simple of that.

With its heavy emphasis on safety, hunter education makes people more familiar with firearms and how to use them properly. The chances of ever having a firearms accident are tremendously reduced by taking a hunter education course.

It is also the patriotic and moral duty of every American who is legally qualified to own a gun to know how to use it and use it properly. If that were the case, our national security would be greatly enhanced.

To register, contact lead instructor Rick Ault at a.ault@msn.com or call 712-362-2758 or 712-380-2758.