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Hunter Safety class offered in Somerset

Anyone in the St. Croix Valley area who is interested in hunting and recreational shooting is invited to enroll in a certified Wisconsin Hunter Safety course in Somerset. A person does not need to be a Wisconsin resident to enroll in the course and there is no age specific requirement.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973 must complete a Hunter Safety course and show their certificate in order to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. Hunter Safety course graduates will receive a certificate that is accepted in every state, Canadian province and in Mexico.

Registration for the course will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Somerset High School. The student and parent orientation starts at 7 p.m. The fee for the course is $10. A parent or league guardian is required to attend the registration and orientation with any minor student, to sign the state-required enrollment forms. Pre-registration by phone or online registration is not available. Registration is on a first-in-line, first registered basis, on April 3 only.

The course is 19 hours long and runs for three weeks. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, April 17 and running through Thursday, May 3. An additional class night will be held on Monday, April 30. Field Day is Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All students are required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR customer ID number as part of the course registration criteria. Students must provide this number to the instructors during registration. Students may obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID number by calling 1-888-936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Instructors cannot deny or prevent someone from taking the course. However, people interested in taking Hunter Safety 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. Please contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice at 1-608-266-1221 with any questions regarding concealed carry requirements and laws.

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

All instructors teaching this course are Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certified Hunter Safety instructors.

For additional information, contact Brett or Mary Badger at 715-549-6410.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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