Hunter education classes are usually over by fall, so volunteer instructors can enjoy the hunting season with their friends and family.

But this year, ODFW is offering field days during the month of October in Albany, Ashland, Creswell, Gold Beach, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, Portland, Salem and Tillamook.

“We see a lot of demand at this time of year because people finally have a chance to think about hunting, but we usually have to turn students away because there are no more classes,” explained James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “This year, we’ve arranged it so ODFW staff and some volunteers can offer field days late in the year.”

To see the class schedule and sign up, visit ODFW’s license sales page and click “View all Classes/Workshops” and then the “Hunter Ed Field Day” tab. The cost to register for a field say is $10.

Field days are for independent study students who have completed their workbook or the online course before the actual field day. During the field day, these students practice their shooting skills and show they can safely transport firearms over fences. Field days are the last step before final certification in hunter education.

Hunter education is mandatory for all hunters under the age of 18 and recommended for any new hunter. The course covers topics like firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques and outdoor survival. The program certifies about 6,000 new hunters each year. Classes are taught by ODFW’s network of volunteer hunter education instructors.

More information: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/index.asp

Logo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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