Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hunter education course planned

By The Herald Staff | 8/14/2013

Kansas offers great fall hunting opportunities, Jeff Cakin said.

But to take advantage of those opportunities, the Franklin County game warden said, would-be hunters should have the proper training.

Kansas offers great fall hunting opportunities, Jeff Cakin said.

But to take advantage of those opportunities, the Franklin County game warden said, would-be hunters should have the proper training.

A two-day hunter education course is planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Ottawa Farm Bureau building, 103 E. First St., Cakin said. The free class runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a one-hour lunch break, and 8 a.m. to completion (no later than 5 p.m.) Sunday. Attendance on both days is mandatory, and students must stay the entire class period to receive credit for attending the course.

Anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, must be certified by an approved course in hunter education before they can hunt in Kansas. The exception: Anyone 15 and younger may hunt without hunter education certification if he or she is under the direct supervision of an adult.

Students must be at least 11 to attend the weekend training. Those younger than 13 should have a parent or guardian accompanying them at the class, Cakin said. Pre-registration is required by calling (620) 450-7192, or leaving a message at that number with the student’s name, birthdate, address and telephone number. The class size is limited to 25 students. Those who register after the class size has been exceeded will be notified before the class.

Saturday is expected to be classroom work, with a mix of activities slated for Sunday. The second day of the course will involve students traveling from the Farm Bureau location outside the city for a field exercises, rain or shine. Long pants, closed shoes and water bottles are recommended, Cakin said, noting that eye and ear protection, firearms and ammunition will be provided, however students may bring their own safety equipment if desired. No firearms or ammunition brought by the students or guardians will be allowed.

A sack lunch is recommended for each day since no lunch is provided.

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