CHEYENNE - If you've got your sights set on hunting this fall and still need to complete your hunter education requirements, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises that now is a good time to sign up for a hunter safety class.
Hunter education is required in Wyoming for all hunters born after 1965. The major purpose of hunter education is the prevention of hunting and firearm related accidents, but emphasis is also placed on improving knowledge about the heritage of hunting and developing a sense of ethics and responsibility.
"The late winter and spring are good times to get into a hunter safety class," says Jim Dawson, hunter education coordinator for the Game and Fish. "New hunters who wait until late summer or early fall to try to get in a class often find that the classes that are offered fill up quickly and also not as many classes are available, since the instructors also hunt."
Dawson said that hunter education is taught by volunteer instructors who, just like their students, want to put down the books and pick up a firearm in the fall to go hunting. "Although there will be classes in the fall, the best time to take a hunter education class is really January through August," Dawson said.
To register for a class, visit the Game and Fish website and click on Education, then Hunter Education Course Schedule. Prospective students are encouraged to continue checking the website to see when new classes are scheduled.
(Contact: Margaret James (307) 777-4538)