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Iowa’s hunter safety education course

August 10, 2014
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

The Grundy County Conservation Board is sponsoring a Hunter Education Course on Wednesday, August 13 at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison. The class will begin at 8 AM. In the afternoon, the participants will be bussed to the IKES Clubhouse in Reinbeck where the shooting and testing portion of the course takes place. The class will conclude at 6 PM. There is no cost to the participant but they are asked to bring a sack lunch.

Participants need to pre-register by calling (319)345-2688. When calling, the following information needs to be provided: Name including middle initial, mailing address, date of birth, social security number and a contact phone number for a return call if necessary.

That's the basic info, but what exactly is the hunter education program? From the DNR website, the goals of the DNR Hunter Education Program are as follows: Educate Iowans about hunter safety. Promote hunter safety and ethics. Train volunteer instructors to teach hunter education. Continue to keep hunting the safe activity it has become.

By providing hunter education to the public, the DNR helps ensure the safety of hunters throughout our state. It continues to promote the ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility and landowner relations. The safety, recruitment, and retention of hunters are important in continuing the tradition of hunting in Iowa's great outdoors!

Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to the many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. The minimum number of hours to complete the class is 10. Iowa recognizes hunter education certificates issued by another state and some foreign nations.

A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person's 12th birthday.

There currently are three ways to complete Hunter Education in Iowa. The first is by completing an approved Hunter Education Classroom Course like the one being offered August 13. The second is by taking the Hunter Education Online course and then attending a Field Day Course and the third is by completing the online only Adult Hunter Education Course. For the adult course, you must be at least 18 years of age and an Iowa resident to complete. Part of the adult course is the completion of the test and a satisfactory grade of at least 75% correct.



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