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News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Online registration is now open for free Hunter Education classes across northwest Montana. All registration for Hunter Education Classes in northwest Montana is through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ website online.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter education course before buying a hunting license in Montana. Only individuals 11 years of age or older at the day of sign-up may be certified upon successfully completing the course. Eleven year olds turning 12 by January 16, 2015 are eligible to hunt the 2014 season upon certification.

In St. Ignatius, classes meet Sept. 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at St. Ignatius Christian Church, 5:30-8 p.m. Lead instructor is Dan Larsson, (406) 546-9015. Details and registration are online at http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/51238

The Ronan Fall Hunter Education course will start Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Assembly of God Church. Interested students are required to register online now at fwp.mt.gov. A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 to the first class.

Pickup manuals with instructions at Ronan Sports and Western or Westland Seed from Sept. 10-13.

Student Course Manuals must be read and all the questions answered at the end of each chapter before the first class night, Sept. 17. No one will be allowed to take the class without this requirement completed.

Volunteer instructors will begin instruction for the Hunters Education course on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. All other classes will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each evening. A mandatory field course is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The mandatory written test would be on Tuesday, Sept 23. That would be the final day.

Attendees must attend all classes and the field day and be on time to be certified. Instructors provide all the firearms and ammunition as participants are not allowed to bring either to the classes or the Field Day.

All hunter education classes are free of charge and open to hunters and non-hunters alike. Some students take the courses for the firearm safety and outdoor survival information, even if they don’t plan to hunt. Adults are encouraged to attend as many classes as they can with their children, as well as take the test and take part in the Field Day with their student.

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