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Sign up now for hunter education

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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Every autumn as the leaves begin to change, thousands of Idahoans begin to focus on one thing: heading to the back country to hunt. If you are new to hunting, you must first complete a hunter education course. Far too often, newcomers learn that they have waited too long to sign up, and finding a class is difficult.

"Seating is limited and classes fill quickly," said Hunter Education and Recruitment Manager, Brenda Beckley. "Get signed up in a course early. Don't wait until fall."

By state law, Idahoans born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must attend and successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing an Idaho hunting license or provide proof that they held a valid hunting license in another state.

For aspiring young hunters, we recommend the traditional instructor-led course. These classes are taught over a two-week period by volunteer instructors. Students must pass a written test and the field exercise to certify. For teens and adults, we recommend the online hunter education course. The first part of the course is taken at home and is concluded by attending a field day where students must pass a field exercise and written exam. Students must sign up for the field day early.

Fish and Game recommends people start looking for a course close to home as soon as they make the decision to take their first hunting trip in Idaho. Courses are available in all regions throughout the spring and summer, and the earlier people start thinking about signing up, the better their chances of finding courses and field days that are convenient for their schedules. Those who go online to find a course may find that scheduled field days in their region are already full, but with a simple click of the mouse, they will be able to sign up for email alerts when additional field days are scheduled. The key is to take action as soon as possible to ensure a spot. To sign up for hunter education, and to learn more about the program, go to

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Original Publication Date: February 25, 2015

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