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Bowhunter Education Classes End In July


Friday, May 23, 1997

Planning to bowhunt this fall? If so, now is the time to start your planning. That's because if you are an experienced bowhunter and didn't hang on to a previous year's bowhunting license, you may be required to take a bowhunter education course. And you may need to act quickly -- bowhunter education classes will end July 31 and no more classes will be taught until after January 1998.

Who needs a class? Regulations state that:

* All resident youths 12 through 17 years of age are required to present a Montana Hunter Education Certificate when purchasing any hunting license. These same youths also are required to present a Montana Bowhunter Education Certificate to purchase a bow and arrow license.

* Adult bowhunters must show a previous year's license that allowed them to bowhunt in any state or province or a certificate of completion from the Bowhunter Education course. Those bowhunters who cannot show proof of holding any prior year's license must complete a bowhunter education class. The only exception would be that those bowhunters who possessed the immediate prior year's bowhunting license (1996) from any state or province may purchase a 1996 duplicate/affirmation (fee $5) and use the duplicate to purchase a 1997 stamp. This applies to both resident and non-resident hunters.

For more information, or a schedule of Bowhunter Education classes in your area, contact your nearest FWP office.