It’s time to sign up for the first hunter education course of 2013 in Great Falls.

Online registration is going on now through Feb. 18. Everyone must register online, but there will be a four-day opportunity at Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 4600 Giant Springs Road, for those without access to a computer.

Classes will run 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 25, 27, 28, March 4, 6 and 7 at North Middle School, 2601 8th St. NE.  A field day will take place March 9 at FWP.

To register online go to the FWP website, http://fwp.mt.gov, and follow the links to Education and Hunter education. Then go to Feb. 25 and select a classroom at North Middle School.

When registering, students must pick a four-hour time slot for the field day, March 9, either 8 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m. For the morning time slot register for classrooms 101, 102, 103, 104 or 105; for the afternoon time slot register for classrooms 106, 107, 108, 113, or 114.

Those without computer access may register at FWP, 7-9 p.m., Feb. 19, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 20, 21, and 22.

After registering, downloading and printing the attached files, students must pick up a course manual, at one of the following locations: Big R, 4800 10th Ave. S.; Scheel’s in Holiday Village; Big Bear, 121 Northwest Bypass; or FWP.

Everyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter education course before he can hunt in Montana. A child must be at least 11 years old to take the course.

Image courtesy Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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