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2/3/2014 3:47:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence County to again offer hunter safety education classes
SUMNER - Hunter safety education classes are being offered March 24, 26 and 27 at the Lawrence County 4-H Center.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980 who wants to secure a hunting license are encouraged to sign up for the class, which is being hosted by University of Illinois Extension, Lawrence County and the Department of Natural Resources.

Registration each evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with classes starting promptly at 6 p.m., organizers said.  Class size will be limited to first 60 registered. Participants must attend all three sessions.  There is no fee and classes are open to the public.

  The primary objectives of hunter safety education program are to teach user responsibility, respect and safety. 

Organizers said the classes, which are held annually, are taught by State certified volunteer instructors. The 10 hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid survival techniques and regulations. 

Participants must attend all 10 hours and upon successfully completing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency.  Mere attendance of a safety education training and taking a written test will not guarantee the passing of this course. Participants are required to complete a final written exam on their own abilities, without the assistance from parents or guardians.

  Participants should be 10 years of age in order to participate, however, it is the policy of IDNR that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian at least 16 years of age. 

Lawrence County officials said the program is primarily designed to train young people between the ages of 12 -18 as the educational materials is based on a sixth-grade reading level.

Participant need to bring a pencil and a note pad.  Manuals and handouts are provided free by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Beginning Feb. 1, registration for the class will be online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/elrww under program registrations. All information must be completed. 

For information only, call the Lawrence County Extension Office 618-943-5018.


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