The Quail & Upland Game Alliance, the Pope County Sportsmen Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation offer a free Spring Hunter Safety Education Course in Hardin County on Friday, May 3rd (6 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday, May 4th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the Hardin County High School Community Room on Highway 146 east of Elizabethtown. Lunch will be served on Saturday. The class is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources-approved program and is open to everyone.
The course will cover responsibility and ethics, wildlife conservation, firearms and ammunition, field safety, tree stand safety, and state regulations.
There is no age restriction, but youth under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian to and during the safety education class.
To obtain an Illinois hunting license, anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 must take a hunter education course, unless that person:
-presents evidence that he/she has held a hunting license issued by Illinois or another state in a prior year; or
-presents a certification card issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) attesting to the successful completion of the Hunter Education Course.
Many states are now requiring adult hunters to furnish evidence of having completed a hunter-education course prior to issuance of a non-resident license. An Illinois Hunter Safety Education certificate is accepted by all other states.
To register, call Dwight Howton at (618) 841-4854. This class fills up fast, so call early to register. See you there!