Hunter education classes on tap
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be offering hunter education courses in the local area beginning in March.
The class is required for anyone age 17 and under to hunt in Oregon, and encouraged for adults, too.
The following traditional classes are coming up in Clackamas County:
> Molalla Fire Station: March 7, 13, 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.
> Canby Rod and Gun Club: March 12, 14, 17, 21, 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
> Molalla Fire Station: April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
> Estacada Rod and Gun Club: May 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Field days in Clackamas County (for independent studies who first complete workbook or online course):
> Colton Fire Hall, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The ODFW offers two types of hunter education classes: a traditional classroom experience held over several days with most material covered in the classroom by certified volunteer instructors, or an independent study option, which can be done from home via a workbook or by taking one of the four online courses available at https://myodfw.com/articles/hunter-education-online-courses.
Adults can complete the entire course online but independent study students age 17 and under also need to attend a field day to receive their hunter education certificate.
Traditional classes and field days are added all the time at ODFW's license sales page and organized by county.
Click the tab "Hunter Ed Class" or "Hunter Ed Field Day" to see what's available. The link is https://or.outdoorcentral.us/OR/License/Classes.
To register, provide the youth's hunter/angler ID# (which is printed on all ODFW documents and stays the same from year to year) or select "New Customer." You can also sign up at any license sales agent.
Registration for an independent study field day or traditional class costs $10 and some of the online courses also charge an additional fee (ranging from $13-29 but a free online course is available).
Hunter education classes cover important issues including firearms safety and handling; hunter ethics and respect for private landowners; wildlife management and identification; hunt preparation and techniques; survival; and introductory bow hunting.
All classes and field days are taught by certified volunteers dedicated to passing on the tradition of hunting to future generations.
These volunteer instructors teach and certify about 6,500 students statewide each year in hunter education.