The Cherokee County Conservation Board will sponsor a Hunter Education Course March 13 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and March 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cherokee County Conservation Board office/shop at 629 River Road in Cherokee. Lunch will be provided on Saturday by Cherokee County Pheasants Forever.
Under Iowa law, anyone born after Jan. 1, 1972, is required to have ten hours of hunter education training to purchase an Iowa hunting license. The minimum age for certification is 12 years. Students who are 11 years old may take the class, but their certificate is not valid until their 12th birthday.
Included in the training will be gun handling education, information about firearms and ammunition, the role of hunting in wildlife management, outdoor ethics, hunter preparedness, and wildlife identification. Students will participate in live firing of firearms on Sunday at a local range, and must demonstrate safe gun handling practices and pass a written exam to receive a Hunter Education Certificate from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This certification is also mandatory before a hunter can purchase a license in several other states and provinces.
For further information or to register for this class, contact the Cherokee County Conservation Office at 712-229-6709, or visit FireIce Firearms in Cherokee. Leave a message and you will receive a call back. Completion of the Chapter Reviews in the class workbook is mandatory for all students prior to the first night of class.
Workbooks are available to registered students at the Conservation Office and FireIce Firearms. Certified instructors for this class will be Ginger Walker, Dave Brown, and Chad Brown. Registration deadline is March 5 and space is limited so call today.