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Two hunter education classes will be held at the Delta-Montrose Technical College during the month of March. Classes are held in the Enterprise Room.

A traditional class runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 7 through Thursday, March 10. Total class time is approximately 14 hours.

On Saturday, March 26, a daylong class is planned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class begins on the Internet. Space is limited to a maximum of 25 students per class.

Approximately the last two hours of both classes will be for review; the final test is participation in a live-fire exercise to demonstrate firearm 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.

Students interested in the Internet conclusion class must first complete a portion of the class on the Internet prior to attending the class at Delta-Montrose Technical College. It is recommended that students pre-register for a conclusion class before beginning the online self-study portion of the course as space is limited. Three approved online courses are available. Fees for the online course range from $13 to $24.95. The one-day conclusion class is free.

Persons interested in signing up for this class need to go 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.

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