Hunter education now required on peninsula

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

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 Game Manage-ment 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.

Lewis added that Alaska is that last state in the country 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.

The class is offered as a self-study course in which the participant completes a workbook prior to a a four-hour classroom session and a written test.

After successfully completing the test, participants move on the the rifle range. Instruction includes a field walk-through and a range session.

The course also is offered as a five-night, 15-hour course with a three-hour range session.

A fee of $10 covers all course materials.

Upcoming sessions already are full, but Lewis anticipates teaching several courses during the winter.

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

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