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Hunter education classes begin September 3

Hunter education classes will be sponsored by the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The classes will continue on seven consecutive Tuesdays at the rod and gun clubhouse, east of Ellsworth on Hwy. 72. They will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

A field test will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at the rod and gun clubhouse.

Class size is limited; please contact Lee Wright at (715) 273-3174 about interest and intentions.

All students will be required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID as part of their criteria to graduate from any recreational safety class and provide that WI DNR Customer ID to their instructor. Students can obtain a DNR Customer ID between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. by calling 1-888-936-7463.

A parent or guardian must—without exception—accompany minors to the first class for registration.

The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, videos and range work. Students will be required to satisfactorily complete a workbook, field test and written test before they will be certified. Class graduates will receive a free small-game license for the year of their certification.

Certification is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1973, to buy a hunting license. Certification is transferable to other states.

There is a $10 registration fee for the classes. Class size is limited to the facility, which will accommodate 35.

Over 1,400 people have graduated locally from the course.

For more information, call Wright at (715) 273-3174.