Wyoming Has a Few Hunter Ed Classes Open

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If you've got your sights set on hunting this fall and still need to complete your hunter education requirements, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges you to register for a class quickly.

Hunter education is required in Wyoming for all hunters born after 1965. The major purpose of hunter education is the prevention of hunting and firearm related accidents, but emphasis is also placed on improving knowledge about the heritage of hunting and developing a sense of ethics and responsibility.

The following classes are still accepting students:

Newcastle - Aug. 26
Chugwater - Sept. 1
Lusk - Sept. 2
Pinedale - Sept. 2
Wheatland - Sept. 2
Cody - Oct. 6
Dayton - Oct. 31
Thayne - Nov. 3

"Our late summer/early fall classes fill up quickly with people trying to satisfy their hunter education requirements prior to opening day," says Jim Dawson, hunter education coordinator for the Game and Fish. "Hunter education is taught by volunteer instructors who, just like their students, want to put down the books and pick up a firearm in the fall to go hunting. Although there are still some seats available right now, the best time to take a hunter education class is really January through August."

To register for a class, visit the Game and Fish Web site at http://gf.state.wy.us/index.asp and click on Education, then Hunter Education Home. The Internet Field Days for students completing online hunter education are full. Prospective students are encouraged to continue checking the Web site to see if new internet field days or traditional classes have been scheduled.