Bowhunter and Hunter Education classes are both scheduled in the Havre area in April.
The Bowhunter Education class will run from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on April 20, 22 and 24 at the Bear Paw Bowmen Archery Range at the Holiday Village Mall. A mandatory field day event, where skills are tested, is scheduled from 8 a.m. – noon on April 25 at the Rookery Shooting Range, located five miles west of town on Badlands Road.
Registration for the course will take place at FWP’s Havre Area Resource Office (HAVRO), 2165 U.S. Highway 2 E., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call (406) 265-6177.
Students over the age of 18 who are seeking Bowhunter certification have the option of taking the course online and participating in a separate field day event that will take place at the Rookery Shooting Range on June 14. There is a $20 fee to take the online course, which can be found in the “Education” section at fwp.mt.gov, the department’s Web site.
The season’s second round of Hunter Education classes are also slated for April 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, May 1, and 2. A third and final round of Hunter Education classes for 2009 will run May 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16. For more information on these courses, also call (406) 265-6177 or stop by the Havre FWP office.
Students must register in advance for all of the classroom courses. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a student under age 18 to sign the registration card and liability release.
Montana law requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985 must present a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license here. To be certified, a youth must be at least 11 years old at the beginning of the course. Those born prior to 1985 are also welcome to enroll in the classes and receive certification.
Montana residents ages 12-17 who complete hunter education and have not previously purchased a Montana hunting license are entitled to a one-time free youth combination license. The combination package includes a conservation, fishing, upland game bird, Deer A and elk license, as well as the state lands-use permit.
Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses are typically taught by volunteer instructors. The programs are run and certified through FWP.