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Hunter safety class offered at Somerset Middle School

Young people in the St. Croix Valley area interested in hunting and recreational shooting are invited to enroll in a certified Wisconsin Hunter Education course to be held at the Somerset Middle School. A person does not need to be a Wisconsin resident to enroll in this course, and there is no specific age requirement.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must successfully pass a hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license in the state of Wisconsin. This includes bow hunting licenses.

Registration is Tuesday, April 2, only. Late enrollment is not accepted. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, April 2, and ending Thursday, May 9. Field day is Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, May 4.

The registration fee for this course is $10. A parent or legal guardian is required to attend the registration and orientation with the minor student to sign the state-required enrollment forms. Class size is limited to 50 students and enrollment is on a first come, first registered basis. Preregistration or on-line registration is not available.

All students are required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR customer ID number as part of the course graduation criteria, and students must provide this number to the instructors during registration. Students may obtain an ID number by calling (888) 936-7463 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., or by visiting the DNR service center in Baldwin.

Instructors cannot deny or prevent someone from taking this course; however, people interested in taking hunter education in order to meet the training requirements for concealed carry, may be better served by taking a course offered by the NRA, a technical college or a private business that is specific to concealed carry training. This course provides a 10 minute lesson regarding handguns. Hands-on training during this course and/or live-firing of handguns is not provided. The laws, legal aspects or potential ramifications of concealed carry are not covered at any time during this course. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice with any questions regarding concealed carry requirements and the laws.

Any parent who would like to enroll a child with special needs is asked to call the lead instructor at least two weeks in advance of the course start date in order to arrange for special needs accommodations.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certified hunter education instructor teach this course. The sponsor for this course is the Somerset area teaching team.

For more information, call Brett or Mary Bader at (715) 549-6410.