Spring is officially here, and it is time to get enrolled in upcoming hunterís safety classes. As in previous years, the Huron HuntSAFE courses will be held three separate times at the Beadle County Sportsmenís Club. The first class is May 9-11; the second class is Aug. 9-10; and the third and final class is Sept. 5-7.
Times for all three sessions are with the first day running from 6 pm-9:30 pm and the second day running from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
Classes, equipment, study material, and meals are provided by the SD Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks and the Beadle County Sportsmenís Club free of cost.
Every year weíre getting a number of hunters where the July class does not work for their schedule and many people are involved with fall sports such as football. This is why we have decided to hold a class in May. I would recommend signing up early for the May class. That way you will not have to worry about getting HuntSAFE in with your busy fall schedule before hunting seasons start.
Youth between the ages of 12 and 15 years who plan on hunting this fall need to successfully complete a HuntSAFE class in order to buy a hunting license. Even though the name of the class is HuntSAFE, it is not just for hunters. Anybody over 12 years of age who owns guns, handles guns, or is around guns will learn a great deal. The class covers a wide variety of issues including the different types and parts of guns, how to safely handle, load and unload a firearm, and even basic outdoor survival skills. The class ends with a live fire exercise that combines all the skills that the students have learned throughout the session.
The number of students allowed in each class is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For class registration or more information, please contact the SD Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks office in Huron at (605) 353-7145.
Also, every year the Beadle County Sportsmanís Club sponsors a few youth to attend the SD Wildlife Federation Youth Conservation Camp in the Black Hills from June 2nd to June 8th. This camp is a great opportunity for any high school aged student interested in learning more about the outdoors and wildlife management. Courses that are offered consist of archery, conservation officer investigations/solve that case, fish netting/lake survey, lake/stream fishing, insect identification, stream ecology, boating safety, fly tying and shooting skills. If you or someone you know is interested in attending this camp or would like more information about it please contact Conservation Officer Chris Kuntz at (605) 353-7146.
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