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A hunting education program required for anyone younger than 16 who wants to hunt waterfowl unaccompanied on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 15, starting at the Education and early Development Department board room in the Goldbelt Building downtown.
The course changed recently and is more thorough than it used to be, said Riley Woodford of the state Division of Wildlife Conservation. The study materials should be picked up at the Department of Fish and Game office in Douglas before the course begins. The materials are $10 and the workbook, which takes about five hours to complete, needs to be finished before the first class.
Hunter education includes firearm safety and handling, hunter ethics and responsibilities; and wildlife conservation and management. Part of the course is spent on the shooting range. Graduates receive a lifetime hunter education certificate, which is recognized by all states and Canadian provinces. It is required for hunters under 16 (unless accompanied by an adult) who want to hunt waterfowl on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. A course also is available to certify bow hunters.
Hunter education programs have dramatically reduced hunting-related firearms accidents, Woodford said. Volunteers teach the course in conjunction with the Department of Fish and Game.
Call 465-4265 for details and to sign up. Advanced registration is recommended.