Fall hunter education class announced
News from Tom Fieber, lead hunter
Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo, Fall Hunter Education course will start Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Polson Middle School. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Interested students are required to register online at fwp.mt.gov. A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 to the first class with completed forms downloaded from the website.
Student course manuals must be read and all the questions answered at the end of each chapter before the first class night on Oct. 10. No one will be allowed to take the class without this requirement completed. Pick up manuals with instructions at Westland Seed in Ronan, Murdoch’s or Walmart in Polson. Those in need of computer or printer assistance can register and pick up manuals at the CSKT, DFWRC Information Education building on 6th Ave. E, south of the tennis courts in Polson.
Individuals 10 years of age or older at the start of the class may be certified upon successfully completing the course. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter education course before buying a hunting license in Montana (see FWP website for exceptions). The course is free of charge and taught by volunteer instructors.
Classes start Tuesday, Oct. 2, and continue through Oct. 4. A mandatory field course is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The mandatory written test is on Monday, Oct. 8, the final day.
Participants must attend all classes and the field day and be on time to be certified. All hunter education classes are free of charge and open to hunters and non-hunters alike. Some students take the courses for firearm safety and outdoor survival information, even if they don’t plan to hunt.
Adults, please feel free to attend as many classes as you can with your children. I encourage you to take the test and take part in the field day with your student. All firearms and ammunition are provided, as attendees are not allowed to bring either to the classes or the field day.
For registration and updates, check the online class schedule at http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterEd.html. For more information on the Ronan, Pablo, Charlo Hunter Education course, call the lead instructor Tom Fieber at 406-250-3386 or Germaine White with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at 406-675-2700 ext. 7299.