Hunter Education Course Offered by WVDNR
ALMA Young Ethical Sportsmen in cooperation West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is offering a free hunter education course.
“Statistics show that the Hunter Education system is working; by educating not only young students, but adult students as well incidents are down. Hunter Education is not just about making the woods safer, but by educating the public about firearm safety,” said Bob Leasure, a West Virginia Hunter Education Association volunteer instructor for District 1. “Hunter Education instructors nation-wide are making our homes safer; because the majority of firearms incidents happen in the home.”
The classes will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 19 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 at the Alma Fire Hall. Registrants must be at least 10-years-old to be certified and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those taking the course must provide a Social Security number and proof of age to be certified. All persons born on or after Jan. 1 1975 must be certified to be eligible to obtain a West Virginia hunting license. Hunters must also carry their Hunter Certification card, state photo identification, all required licenses, tags and written permission from the landowner at all times while hunting.
“It is my belief that all persons should take a Hunter Education course, because it is the lack of education that is the most dangerous. Hunter Education is essential to anyone that handles firearms,” Leasure said. “If a parent doesn’t have firearms in their home, the class is still very important.”
Topics to be covered by the hunter education course include firearms safety in the home and field, firearm actions, ethics and safety, hunting regulations, wildlife management, shooting, survival, all-terrain vehicle safety, bowhunting and tree-stand safety, trapping and hunter responsibility. A person much be pre-registered.
“Let us say that you are a mother and you have a sleep-over for your children and they are playing outside and one of them finds a firearm in the bushes or surrounding woods; What do you do?” Leasure said. “How do you educate them on how to handle the situation or know what to do if you as adult are uneducated? It is a matter of life and death just knowing what to do. I know Volunteer Hunter Education instructors that do not hunt but teach Hunter Education because it makes everyone safer. If you have never attended a Hunter Education Class, I urge you to do so even if you do not plan to hunt.”
The course is free, but space is limited. To register call 304-758-4374 with the students; full name, age, DOB and the last four digits of SS number. Bob Leasure, 1693 Conaway Run Road, Alma, WV 26320. Phone # 304-758-4374 or email address hillbillygrill@hotmail .com.