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Idaho Fish and Game

February Hunter Education Course Offered

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is encouraging future hunters to get signed up now for the mandatory hunter education course. Because of high interest and limited space, prospective students in Lewiston, Moscow, Grangeville and Orofino are encouraged to register for classes soon so they can complete the course in time to buy a license to hunt this fall. IDFG is currently registering students for a course scheduled for February 13, 15, 20, 22, 26, and 28, 2001. The course will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m., each day in the Clearwater Region Office, located at 1540 Warner Ave. in Lewiston. To register for this class, contact IDFG Clearwater Region office, 799-5010, by 5 p.m., February 9. Fees for the student's workbook and ammunition are $8. Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to accompany the students and participate in the entire program. IDFG provides 350 hunter education courses statewide each year. More than 60 percent of these courses are taught between January and April. All courses are taught by trained, volunteer instructors, that often times teach only spring classes. The longer the student waits, the less likely there will be any volunteer instructors available to teach a course. Idaho law requires that anyone born after January 1st, 1975 must complete an IDFG hunter education course as a prerequisite to purchasing a hunting license. The courses are held at numerous locations across the region throughout the year. Each course is a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences which last approximately 12 hours. Students must be at least 11 years old to enroll for hunter education. In Lewiston, interested students can call the Clearwater regional office at the above number. In outlying communities, courses are organized by local instructors and are based on student demands. The names and phone numbers of local instructors can also be obtained by calling the Lewiston IDFG office.