Free hunter safety course offered

SYCAMORE – Learn the basic principles of safe hunting and firearms handling at an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Class. The next local class will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 and Thursday, April 4, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Sycamore Sportsmen and Conservation Club on Motel Road in rural Sycamore. Students must attend all three class sessions and pass an exam to successfully complete the course.

This free class includes instruction in wildlife management, firearm safety, bow hunting, hunter ethics, muzzle-loading firearms, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and hunting regulations.

Illinois state law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980 to successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing an Illinois hunting license. Many Western states now require nonresidents to have a hunter education certificate in order to get an out-of-state hunting license.

For more information, call instructor Richard Carlson at 815-758-2773.

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