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Hunter education online class offered

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hunter Education is required for anyone in Iowa born after Jan. 1, 1972 to obtain an Iowa hunting license.

Proof of completion of a hunter education course is often required for Iowa residents to obtain a hunting license in another state.

The next Hunter Education class in Cherokee will be held Aug. 20, 2011. This will be an Online Field Day, a four to five hour session with instructors and DNR law enforcement officers that will follow the students' successful completion of the online course offered by the Iowa DNR.

Class registrations are taken until 24 hours prior to class start date. The Iowa DNR is now supporting two new versions of the online hunter course.

You may view the courses at no cost by clicking on the following links: www.HunterExam.com. or www.hunter-ed.com/Iowa/. The student will find that both of the online hunter education courses are managed courses and as such require the student to study the online unit and chapter materials and pass a series of unit and chapter tests.

Students may expect the study and test time to take six to eight hours. After successful completion of the online portion, the student will need to print the download of their Field Day Voucher.

They will need to bring that Field Day Voucher to the hunter education field day for which they sign up. Students issued a Field Day Voucher must complete the Field Day portion within one year from date of issue.

Students may locate and sign up for the Aug. 20, 2011, Cherokee Hunter Education Online Field Day, or another field day, using the class search feature of the DNR Training Center website (www.iowadnr.gov/training).

Registration requires an email address and personal information identifying the student, and an adult is required to register students under 14. Students age 11 who complete the Field Day portion shall be issued a hunter education certificate which becomes valid upon their 12th birthday.

Hunter Education Online students need to register for and attend the Hunter Education Online Field Day -- not the traditional Hunter Education type of course.

The goal of Hunter Education in Iowa is to continue to promote ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility and safety, and positive landowner relations.

Safe gun handling skills are a key component of the Hunter Ed course program. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

Safety, recruitment, and retention of hunters are key to continuing the long tradition of hunting in Iowa's Great Outdoors.

For more information about registration or the Cherokee Online Field Day, please contact Ginger Walker at the Cherokee County Conservation office, at 712-225-6709.



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