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Hunter education classes almost full: Consider Mentored Youth Hunter Program

August 23, 2011

SALEM, Ore.—Fall hunting season is almost here and any youth not yet signed up for hunter education may not get the chance before the season begins.

ODFW has received hundreds of calls in the last few weeks, from people asking about open classes and field days before the hunting season. But few openings remain.

Any hunter age 9 to 13 that hasn’t yet completed hunter education may hunt through the Mentored Youth Hunter Program instead. In this free program, youth hunt with an adult (21 years of age or older), using the adult’s tags, and with only one weapon between them. Both youth hunter and mentor review and acknowledge safety information as part of the registration process. Youth who hunt through this program receive a special preference point for a future big game tag.

Signing up for the Mentored Youth Hunter Program is easy. Register online, use the form on page 85 of the 2011 Big Game Regulations or use this online form.

Under Oregon law, people under 18 must pass a hunter education class before they can hunt. The classes cover important issues including hunter ethics and respect for private landowners; wildlife management and identification; firearms handling and safety; hunt preparation and techniques; survival; and introductory bowhunting. All classes are taught by volunteers dedicated to passing on the tradition of hunting to future generations.

There are currently 600 active volunteer instructors in ODFW’s Hunter Education program and they annually teach about 5,500 students.

Students have three options to complete a hunter education course: a classroom setting, independent study workbook and field day, or online course and field day. Classes and field days are posted as soon as they become available on ODFW’s Hunter Education website.

The best time to schedule a class and field day are during the spring and summer months. Most volunteer hunter education instructors are hunting during the fall, leaving less time to teach classes.

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Contact:
James Reed 503-947-6016
or Myrna Britton 503-947-6028
Fax: (503) 947-6009

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