Even though it is still July, now is the time to start thinking about hunting. Iowa law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1972 to be certified in hunter education before being eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. These classes are being held now and throughout the summer and fall in the state of Iowa.

Hunter education classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable, certified volunteer instructors, along with DNR conservation officers. Courses typically include two to three sessions, with a total time commitment of 10-15 hours. A student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam to receive certification.

Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

Typically there is no charge for the course, unless lunch is furnished or room rental is required. If a charge is required for the items mentioned previously, the class will indicate the amount to be charged in the special instructions section prior to completing the class registration process. All charges must be paid upon arrival to the class in the form of cash or check.

How old do you have to be to attend a course? There is no age requirement, although:

Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during every session.

A person who is 11 years old or older may enroll in a course, but those who are 11 and successfully complete the course shall be issued a certificate which becomes valid on that person’s 12th birthday.

Locally there are courses being held in Birmingham, IA on August 15th, 17th and 19th, in Chariton, IA on August 26th, and in Pella, IA on August 26th. To find out about all class locations and times OR to get registered for a class visit the Iowa DNR website. Class sizes are limited so advanced registration is recommended.

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