The W.Va. Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with Logan County Schools, will offer a free hunter’s safety course Sept. 22 and 23 at Man High School.
Anyone born after Jan. 1 1975 is required to take a certified hunter education course before they can purchase a W.Va. hunting license. Hunters are only required to take the class once before being granted a license.
The class will consist of ten hours of instruction and testing split over two days, and the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources website states topics covered in the class include, “gun safety, wildlife management, ethics, survival and first aid, game identification and how to safely hunt.” Anyone taking the course must be present both days to receive their hunter education safety certification.
Hunters ages 10 and up can opt to take part of the course online; however, the online portion is only one-third of the total course work and students will still have to schedule the hands-on and written portions of the tests.
Anyone interested in registering for the course can call 304-759-0703. The class is free and open to the public.
Archery and crossbow season for dear will begin Sept. 26 and end Dec. 31. Firearm season for deer will begin Nov. 23 and end Dec. 5. Squirrel season began Sept. 12 and will end Jan 31. Cottontail rabbit season will begin Nov. 7 and end Feb. 29.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]