Published February 18, 2011, 02:00 PM

Hunter education classes filing up

Adults and children looking to take a hunter education class in 2011 are reminded to enroll now as the majority of all classes are held by the end of May.

Adults and children looking to take a hunter education class in 2011 are reminded to enroll now as the majority of all classes are held by the end of May.

Jon Hanson, hunter education coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said classes held early in the year fill up quickly because of the deer application deadline. “There is a major demand for classes held before June because they will qualify students for submitting a deer application,” Hanson said.

Hunters who had an apprentice hunting license in 2010 are also reminded they will need to take a hunter education class to continue hunting in 2011. The apprentice license provides individuals age 16 and older with a one-year hunter education exemption for small game and deer.

To register for a class, students should access the Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov and click on the education/outreach link and “hunter education.” Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. Click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at (701) 328-6615.

The Game and Fish website also provides a free hunter education study guide and a tree stand safety course.

State law requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1961, to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

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