Hunter education courses to be offered
Hunter education courses will be offered at numerous sites around the state in the coming months, according to the schedule recently released by the Alabama Conservation Department's Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. The courses will be taught by instructors certified by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
Mandatory for all first-time hunting license buyers born on or after Aug. 1, 1977, the course satisfies the requirements of Alabama law, and involves training in hunter ethics, state wildlife and hunting laws, firearms handling and safety, muzzleloading, archery, wildlife identification and management, outdoor survival skills and first aid. Alabama's hunter education course is accepted in all 49 U.S. states and Canadian provinces where hunter education is mandatory before hunting license purchases. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Riley Boykin Smith said, "We recommend the course for hunters of all ages. In addition to providing a basic foundation for novice hunters, the course is an excellent refresher for experienced hunters." For more information on hunter education in Alabama call (334) 242-3620 or the toll-free hunter education number 1-800-245-2740.
Escambia County's classes will be held Sept. 12, 14, 19 and 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Atmore City Hall Auditorium. No pre-registration is required.