Hunter Education Apprentice Instructor Training

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions Law Enforcement Division will conduct firearm hunter and bowhunter education apprentice instructor training at several locations around the state in March, according to Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter.

Streeter said these apprentice instructor classes are required for those interested in becoming a volunteer hunter education or bowhunter education instructor. Application forms are available from Game and Parks district offices or from hunter education instructors.

In Nebraska, state law requires anyone 12 years of age or older, born on or after Jan. 1, 1977, to have successfully completed a state-certified hunter education course prior to hunting with a firearm. Bowhunter education is mandatory for those hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1977, who hunt any of the five big game species, which are deer, antelope, elk, mountain sheep and turkey, with archery equipment. Every hunter must carry a bowhunter education card on their person and show it to a law enforcement officer if requested to do so while hunting big game with archery equipment.

Streeter said five firearm hunter apprentice instructor training classes have been scheduled. They will be March 8, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Custer County Fairgrounds in-door range in Broken Bow; March 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Crane Meadows Nature Center, Interstate 80 Alda Interchange; March 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Game and Parks District Office in North Platte; March 11, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Fremont City Auditorium in Fremont; and March 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Hunter Education Center, State Fair Grounds in Lincoln.

The two bowhunter apprentice instructor training classes currently scheduled will be March 24, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Game and Parks District Office in Norfolk; and March 25, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Hunter Education Center, State Fair Grounds in Lincoln.