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News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

KALISPELL - Free hunter education classes are available across northwest Montana.

Registration is open for hunter education courses in several communities, including Arlee, Hot Springs, Plains. Courses are open to registration online at

To purchase a Montana hunting license, any person born after Jan. 1, 1985, must show a certificate of completing a hunter education course. Additional courses will be held later in the year.

A student must be at least 10 years old to register for a hunter education class. There is no maximum age. Courses are open to anyone interested in learning outdoor safety, hunting ethics and firearm safety. Parents are welcome to accompany their child.

Online hunter and bowhunter education courses are available for those who are 18 years or older. Adults must still attend a field course to become certified.

“Apprentice hunters” between the ages of 10 and 17 are allowed to hunt without hunter education certification as long as they are accompanied by someone who is 21 years or older and has an Apprentice Hunter Mentor Form in his/her possession. Applicable licenses are still required.

For a complete list of available courses and more information about hunter education, visit:

Local classes

Arlee: Register online starting now. Orientation is May 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Old Arlee Fire Hall. The course takes place May 8, 9, 10, and 11 from 6-9 p.m. The field course takes place on May 12.

Hot Springs: Register online starting now. Cancel before 7 p.m. on March 18. The class takes place March 19, 20, 21, and 22 from 7-9 p.m. at Hot Springs High School Library. The field course takes place on March 23.

Plains: Register online starting now. Orientation took place on Feb. 26. The class takes place March 12, 13, 14, and 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Plains High School. The field Course takes place on March 17. 

Call Wayne Crismore at 406-826-5139 for more information.


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