Hunting Briefs

Posted: Friday, July 09, 2004

Permit winners to be posted online

Permit winners for 2004 drawing hunts will be posted on the Web at pmthunt.cfm. From there, click on "2004 Draw." Drawing results will be posted by July 12.

Hunter education a requirement in Alaska

Alaska hunting regulations now require all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986, to obtain a hunter education certificate in order to hunt in Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. The Kenai Peninsula encompasses units 7 and 15.

If a hunter is under 16 and does not have a certification, he or she must be under the direct, immediate supervision of a licensed hunter who has successfully completed a certified hunter education course.

"The aim of the course is to help people become safer, more ethical and better informed hunters when they're in the field," said Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife technician Larry Lewis last fall.

Lewis added that Alaska is that last state to require some for of hunter education.

The current regulation applies to game management units on the road system, though Lewis said eventually, the requirement will apply state-wide.

Lewis said the course, taught by volunteer instructors, covers the safe handling of firearms, hunter ethics and responsibilities, and wildlife conservation.

For more information or to get on the sign-up list for a hunter education class, contact Fish and Game in Soldotna at 262-9368.

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