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April 1, 2014

NEWCOM: Hunter Ed. course set for April 12-13

Spring is here and with the nicer weather the beginning of turkey season comes in latter April too. I enjoy this even though I have yet to bag a turkey. I suppose it is because I cannot decide which outdoor activity I would like to do at the time. I could hunt, fish, or find mushrooms. At times, I even combine them together.

The Izaak Walton League in Cass County is hosting an Indiana Hunter Education course on the weekend of April 12-13. The course is fun and instructive and I believe that a new test will be in place this year replacing a test used for many years prior.

The course is mandatory for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 who wants to hunt. The course goes from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. The Saturday session is normally instructional and covers many aspects of hunting, safety, ethics, and conservation. Sunday is a range day where everyone gets a chance to put what they have learned to use. Attendees get to shoot rifle, muzzle-loader and archery (including crossbow), and see tree-stand safety before taking the test.

Both days of the course are mandatory for certification along with passing the final test.

The Izaak Walton League is located at 1046 North S.R. 17 in Logansport. The Ikes provides lunch on Saturday and the volunteer instructors and helpers put on a great class. Any students under 15 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

The class is mandatory if you are going to hunt and were born after 1986. It is also a good course for anyone who is interested in the outdoors. If you want to sign up for the course, you have to do it online at www.register-ed.com and this is where you can find this course and courses offered at different locations and times across the state. Please sign up as soon as possible so that there is time to supply the event for the correct amount of students signed up.

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