A hunter education course has been set for Grove next Saturday, November 14th at the NEO A&M satellite campus Higher Education Center in Grove.

The classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run to 5:00 p.m. The Grove NEO A&M satellite campus is located at 1201 NEO Loop.

"The course is open to everyone and those successfully completing the course will receive their Oklahoma hunter education student card," said Grove Police Officer David Sergeant, who will be instructing the class.

"These hunter education cards are required by law for all persons born since January 1, 1972,” Sergeant explained. “Upon reaching their 16th birthday, or older, those who want to purchase an Oklahoma hunting license, combination hunting/fishing license, lifetime license or deer/turkey permit will need this student card.

“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,” Sergeant added.  “This Oklahoma card is recognized and accepted in other states requiring hunter education training."

           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 200,000 persons have completed the course in Oklahoma and the training has played a major role in reducing hunting accidents.

For more information contact the Oklahoma Department of Hunter Education Hotline (24 hours a day) at (405)-521-4650 or log onto the Department's web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

You may also contact Instructor David Sergeant at (918)-314-2272 or State Game Warden Jim Littlefield at (918)-533-2678.