Outdoors

Summer a good time to take hunter education

All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must complete a state hunter education course.
All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must complete a state hunter education course. State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Hunter education classes continue right through summer

Hunter education courses are being offered around the state, even though there are no major hunting seasons open during the summer.

Now is a good time to take a hunter education course and avoid the autumn rush before the main seasons opens, David Whipple, hunter education division manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release.

As the fall hunting seasons get closer, seats in classes fill quickly, Whipple said.

All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must complete a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license.

The department offers traditional and online options to complete the hunter education training requirement.

The courses focus on three broad topics: firearms and outdoor safety, wildlife management and hunter responsibility. All classes are taught by certified instructors.

The advantages of the traditional classroom experience include direct person-to-person instruction from certified volunteer instructors, Whipple said in the release. The typical class includes four to six sessions covering 16 or more hours. The classes include lectures, videos and hands-on training exercises. According to the department’s website, upcoming classes will be offered in University Place, Olympia, Shelton, Renton and Eatonville.

The online course offers the same content, but learned on the student’s schedule, and is coupled with a field skills evaluation led by certified instructors.

To find a course and learn about hunter education requirements, new hunters should visit the hunter education webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/classes/basic.php.

HUNTER ED JAMBOREE

Prospective hunters who have completed the state’s online hunter education course can fulfill their field skills requirements at a Hunter Education Jamboree Aug. 29.

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.

The jamboree will take place at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Pigott, 24225 Woods Creek Road, Snohomish. Participants can choose from two sessions Aug. 29: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1- 5 p.m.

Online registration is required. Registration deadline is Aug. 21.

For more information and to register, go to:

Aug. 29 morning class: register-ed.com/events/view/64122.

Aug. 29 afternoon class: register-ed.com/events/view/64151.

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