BILLINGS — Online registration is open for a compressed August hunter education course in Billings. The class runs Aug. 7-9 at Billings Rod and Gun Club.
Students may register online by navigating to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website (http://fwp.mt.gov) and following the links to education and hunter education. The class is limited to the first 60 students who register online. Students must be eligible to hunt this fall to register for the class.
After registering, students must pick up a manual and other materials at the FWP regional headquarters at Lake Elmo. They must read and understand the manual and complete all chapter quizzes before the first day of class.
The class is a test-in event, meaning that students will take a test, drawn from information in the manual, the first day. Those who pass will continue for the weekend. Others will be encouraged to sign up for a class in September.
The class runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 and Friday, Aug. 8. An all-day field exercise runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.
Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter safety and education course before purchasing a Montana hunting license. The classes teach Montanans to be safe, responsible and ethical hunters. All classes are taught by certified volunteer instructors and are free to participants. There is no maximum age, and adult hunters, including parents, are encouraged to take the class and earn hunter education certification.
Additional hunter education classes are scheduled throughout Yellowstone County in September.