Learn basic principles of safe hunting!!
Area residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hunter safety certification course. Participants must attend all 10 hours of instruction and pass a written test to receive their certification.
The course will be held on Friday, March 10, 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, March 11, 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Union Hall, 109 W Market Street, McLeansboro. (Please bring a sack lunch on Saturday.)
The course is designed to train youth ages 12 to 18 and the material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. Older hunters are also encouraged to attend the classes since many states now require out-of-state hunters to show proof of certification. A 1996 Illinois law requires that all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1980 must successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the course receive a hunter education certification card which verifies they have passed the course.
The ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques, and regulations. The lead instructor will be Larry Pauketat.
Pre-registration can be made by calling the University of Illinois Extension Hamilton County office at 618-643-3416.