Hunter education required in state

Posted: Friday, August 12, 2005

Alaska hunting regulations 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 course is designed to help people become safer, more ethical and better informed hunters, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife technician Larry Lewis.

Lewis said Alaska is the last state to require some form of hunter education. The current regulation applies to game management units on the road system.

Lewis said the course covers the safe handling of firearms, hunter ethics and responsibilities and wildlife conservation. The class is offered either as a self-study course in which the participant completes a workbook prior to 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 other course format is a five-night, 15-hour class with a three-hour range session.

For more information, call Fish and Game in Soldotna at 262-9368.

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