Hunter education scheduled, required for Mendenhall Wetlands

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2007

Bird hunters who want to get in early on a course required to hunt the Mendenhall Wetlands next season can enroll for a two-day session beginning Friday.

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The course will be taught at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The facility plans monthly courses.

Instruction includes firearms safety and handling, wildlife conservation and management, game laws and regulations, hunter ethics and responsibility, the state Division of Wildlife Conservation said in a press release.

Graduates will also get a lifetime hunter education certification recognized throughout North America.

To register, students must purchase a packet of study materials at the education facility or the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, room 201.

The study workbook must be completed prior to the start of the course and all materials must be brought to the class. The workbook material costs $10.

Those who are interested or who have questions may call 586-4101.

"Hunter education seemed like a likely avenue to go down because of the urban setting that it is in," Ryan Scott, an assistant area wildlife management biologist, said of the wetlands.

"A basic hunter's education course will go a long way to provide a safe and ethical background for hunters. It's a good reminder to people."

Hunter education is already required in some areas of the state for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1986.

• Laura LeMire contributed to this article.

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