Outdoors

Registration for Hunter Education Jamboree extended to May 25

The deadline to register for the Hunter Education Jamboree to be held next month in Yakima has been extended through May 25.

The jamboree, set for June 6-7, offers prospective hunters who have completed online hunter education coursework the chance to complete field skills requirements.

The original registration deadline was Friday.

Field skills requirements include a review of the online course content, including safety, firearms, first aid and conservation topics, as well as hands-on firearm handling and live-fire practice, according to a news release from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The jamboree will take place at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Fife, 8370 Bumping River Road, near Goose Prairie, south of Bumping Lake. Three field skills sessions will be offered 8 a.m.-noon and 1- 5 p.m. June 6, and 8 a.m.-noon June 7.

Each of the three sessions can take up to 100 preregistered students.

The event will be run by hunter education coordinators from the department and more than 30 volunteer instructors from across the state, said Aaron Garcia, south-central region hunter education and volunteer coordinator.

Garcia said there are a number of campgrounds in the area for use by those who want to arrive the night before a session.

All prospective Washington hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 are required to show proof of successfully completing a hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license.

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