Hunter education class to be offered in February

By Press Release


Hunter education classes are scheduled Feb. 15-19 in the Enterprise Room of Delta-Montrose Technical College.

Class will be held Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and again Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Total class time is approximately 14 hours.

Space is limited to a maximum of 25 students per class.

The last two to three hours of the last day will be for review; the final test is shooting a .22 cal. Rimfire to determine gun handling skills.

The shooting exercise will occur at the Delta-Montrose Technical College shooting range. If the range is not available, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife shooting trailer will be utilized.

Sign up for this class online at www.cpw.state.co.us. Navigate to: About Us; Education; Hunter Education.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, must have successfully completed an approved hunter education course before applying for a hunting license.

The most basic purpose of a hunter education course is to teach safe, responsible firearm handling in the field, in the vehicle and in the home after hunting. Through lectures, hands-on activities and videos, students learn about firearms and ammunition, firearm safety, shooting fundamentals and firearm and wildlife laws.

While hunter education classes enable safer hunting, they also help hunters be more successful in their hunts and emphasize ethical hunting behavior. Subjects covered include hunter responsibility, wildlife identification and management, game care, outdoor survival and more. Students also receive introductions to hunting with bows and black powder firearms.

Hunter education courses are recommended for anyone who spends time in the outdoors, whether or not they intend to hunt. Basic outdoor skills acquired in a hunter education course can be invaluable during any outdoor activity.