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Hunter Safety Course on August 17

August 13, 2017
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

The Grundy County Conservation Board is holding a Hunter Education course on Thursday, August 17 at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison. The entire 10 hour course will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required and participants are expected to bring a sack lunch. In fact, that is the only thing that they need to bring. The course is offered free of charge. The day finishes at the Isaac Walton League clubhouse in Reinbeck at 6:00 p.m. Call the office at 319-345-2688 with name, address, and social security number.

Some of my best memories are hunting related. I can remember shooting my first pheasant like it was yesterday. It was with my father and brother. Every pheasant opener was spent together walking first our farm and then the neighboring ones. I can remember what gun I was using. It was my dad's 12 gauge. I had been carrying my bolt action .410 for a couple of years by then. That year, Dad agreed I could carry his and he mine. I was convinced that it would make the difference. When the cackling pheasant entered the air, it was a snap shot that probably left far too much lead shot in the bird but it fell! It was mine! That day I do remember that my little .410 dropped a couple of birds under Dad's use.

Hunting is obviously very important to me and is something I couldn't wait to pass down to my own kids. Each one took the Hunter Safety Course when they reached the age even though they had been walking along with me far ahead of that. There was no Hunter Education requirement when I was 12. My hunter education happened at my dad's and an uncle's sides.

And that mentoring by an experienced hunter is still vitally important when it can happen. But now, in addition, the Hunter Education Course is the law for anyone born after 1972. You are required to take a Hunter Education Course in order to hunt on your own in Iowa. You are allowed to hunt with a licensed adult until you are 18, but after that you are required to have passed a hunter education course in order to go hunting. Hunter Education courses teach safe handling of firearms. There is also information on proper care of game after the harvest. Participants learn the game laws and many of the reasons behind those. And each one has that opportunity to shoot a few rounds with rifle and shotgun at monitored range environment.

Kids must be 11 to take the course but there is no limit to how old you can be to take it. Many dads take the course again with their child. And if you're not interested in hunting but your child is, it would be an even better reason to take the course with them. Hunter safety isn't just a class you take. Hunter Safety set the foundation for safe hunting the rest of your life.

If you have any questions or want to sign up for the course you can contact our office at 319-345-2688.



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