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Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club schedules Hunter Education and Bow Safety classes

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Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club schedules Hunter Education and Bow Safety classes
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

There will be a certified Wisconsin Hunter Education course at the Hudson Rod and Gun Club for those youth interested in firearm safety, hunting and recreational shooting beginning Tuesday, March 4.

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There is online registration on the Wisconsin DNR website (dnr.wi.gov) and a registration night for the class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Gun Club located off Krattley Lane in North Hudson, to pay the fee and collect materials. This is the only night for registration.

Classes will be held every Thursday, beginning March 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with one Saturday session, April 12, as a mandatory attendance Range Day.

All students are now required by the Wisconsin DNR to have a Customer ID Number by the second class in order to graduate. This number can be obtained by calling the DNR Customer Service Center at 1-888-936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

There is pre-registration online, but both the student and parent must attend registration night to complete the necessary forms. This registration should last about 1-1/2 hours in order to provide course information. Class size will be limited to fifty (50) students, first come, first registered. There is a $10 non-refundable fee per student for the class, due at registration. 

Attendance requirements must be met for the student to be certified. There is no maximum age for the course although it is designed primarily for young people. Please note that although certification can be used for a Concealed Carry Permit, this class does not have any material or training specific to handguns and concealed carry. There are specific Concealed Carry classes available locally.

Wisconsin law specifies that all people born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must successfully complete a recognized hunter education program to obtain a hunting license.

A firearm, preferably a .22 cal. rimfire rifle, in good working condition, is required for all students after registration. No ammunition is allowed.

There will also be a certified Wisconsin Bow Hunter Education course at the Hudson Rod and Gun Club for those interested in Bow Hunter Safety May 13 and May 15. Requirement to take this class is that the student must take and pass the Hunter Safety class that start March 4.

The two session classes will be held Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15, from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pre-registration is done online on the Wisconsin DNR website. Class size will be limited to ten students. There is a $10 non-refundable fee per student for the class, due on Tuesday before the class starts. Attendance is mandatory for both classes to be certified.

Wisconsin law specifies that all people born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must successfully complete a recognized hunter education program to take the bow hunter class. (Note: some states may require bow hunters to have successfully completed a recognized hunter education class and a bow hunter class to bow hunt in those states.)

All instructors for both the Hunter Education firearm and bow safety classes are Wisconsin DNR certified. For more information, contact Peter Dold at 651 621-0702 after 6 p.m.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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