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Hunter Education Class Schedule Online

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2011 should access the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website for class schedules.

Jon Hanson, hunter education coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said a majority of classes are taught through May. “Most of the classes are added over the next several weeks, so students should watch the website so they can choose the class that fits their schedule,” Hanson said. “Other classes will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.”

Classes held early in the year fill up quickly because of the deer application deadline. “There is a major demand for classes held before June because they will qualify students for submitting a deer application,” Hanson said.

Hunters with an apprentice hunting license in 2010 are reminded they will need to take a hunter education class to continue hunting in 2011. The apprentice license provides individuals age 16 and older with a one-year hunter education exemption for small game and deer.

“In addition to enrolling for classes, the website also provides a free hunter education study guide and a tree stand safety course,” Hanson said. “We encourage new students to use these resources to study course material and all hunters to use them as a refresher.”

To register for a class, or to view the study guide or tree stand safety course, access gf.nd.gov and click on the education/outreach link and “hunter education.” Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. Click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at (701) 328-6615.

State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

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