Each year young hunters and even experienced ones take Hunter Safety Training. According to state law anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967 is required to have the training prior to embarking on any type of hunting. In addition, anybody planning to hunt out of state may find the training useful. Iowa has agreements with other states to accept the Iowa Hunter Safety Training for Iowa residents hunting in those states.
The training focuses on safety and ethics of hunting. The students will be exposed to the various types of equipment used for hunting such as modern firearms, black powder, and archery. Safety issues on each of the types of hunting will be emphasized.
Although the state mandates Hunter Safety, Training the instructors and presenters are all volunteers. Certified instructors from Cherokee are Scott Gebers, Director of CCCB, Mark Pierce of Builders Sharpening, and Tom Nelson of Miller-Mac Insurance. Nelson has been teaching hunter safety for the last 27 years.
Classes in Cherokee will begin on Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. and will be held every Wednesday evening during the month of September from 7-9 p.m. They have room for around fifty people. A student should be 12 years old by Oct. 1, in order to sign up for the training.
This year Nelson and Gebers are asking for pre-registrations. Registrations are being taken at the Cherokee County Conservation Board, Builders Sharpening, FireIce Firearms, and Miller-Mac. When people register they will be given a booklet with homework to complete prior to the first class on Sept. 7.
At the end of the training students will be given their Hunter Safety Training card which will be the only one they will ever get.
Classes in other communities are also available. To find a course log onto www.iowadnr.com/law/lawdb/viewcourse.htm...
To enroll for the course in Marcus, which begins Sept. 13, contact Dwight Moats at 225-5136. Classes are scheduled to be held at the Methodist Church in Marcus.