A hunter education course has been set for the Community Center in Jay, Oklahoma beginning at 8a.m. – 5 p.m. on August 30, 2008. The next class will be September 20th in Kansas at Northeast Area Technical Center and the last is scheduled October 18 again in Jay at the Community Center.

The course is open to everyone. “Those successfully completing the course will receive their Oklahoma Hunter Education Student card.” Said instructor, Joe Blagg.

“These hunter education cards are required by law for all persons born since January 1, 1972, upon reaching their 16th birthday or older who want to purchase an Oklahoma hunting license, combination hunting/fishing license, lifetime license or deer, turkey permit. Also, persons under 16 years of age who want to purchase a deer gun permit or hunt big game such as deer must receive this certification. This Oklahoma card is recognized and accepted in other states requiring hunter education training,” Blagg continued.

Topics to be covered in the course will include rifle, shotgun, and handgun safety; handling, storage, cleaning, muzzle loading, bow hunting, Oklahoma laws/regulations, hunter responsibilities, and survival/wilderness first-aid.

More than 220,000 people have completed this course in Oklahoma. This training has played a major role in reducing hunting accidents in our state over the years. For more information contact instructor Joe Blagg at 918-326-1000 or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, Hunter Education office at 405-521-4636 or online at www.wildlifedepartment.com.