Spring Hunter and Bowhunter Education Classes have been scheduled for northwest Montana. All hunter and bowhunter education classes are free of charge and open to hunters and non-hunters alike. Many students take the courses for the firearm safety, bow safety, and outdoor survival information, even if they don’t plan to hunt.
Hunter Education: By state law, anyone born after January 1, 1985 must have completed the Hunter Education Course to buy a hunting license in Montana. The minimum age for hunting in Montana is 12. A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18 to registration.
Whitefish: Register Wednesday, March 2, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday March 5, 2-5 p.m, all at the Whitefish City Library. There will be no late registration. Classes are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. March 10,14,15,17,21,22, and 28; the field course is scheduled for Saturday, March 26. Lead Instructor is Leonard Howke, 862-4091.
Kalispell: Registration is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at FWP Headquarters on North Meridian Road. Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Flathead High School on April 18,19,20,25,26,27, and May 2; the field course is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. A special adult course will be held on the same schedule.
Bowhunter Education: By state law, all first time bowhunters must pass the bowhunter education course in order to purchase an archery hunting stamp.
Kalispell: Register in person from 8-5 weekdays Beginning March 1 at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters on North Meridian Road and pick up pre-course materials and schedule. The course is held March 22, 25, and 28 from 6:30-9 p.m.; the field course is held Saturday March 26, 9 a.m. to noon. All classes are held at the Flathead Valley Trap Club north of Kalispell. The class will be limited to 40 students.
Other Kalispell area classes will be held in April, May, June, and July.
Whitefish: Register for the Whitefish area Bowhunter Education Course by calling Ron Nail (862-4509) or Ric Anderson (257-0590). Classes will be held 7-9:30 p.m. on June 6, 7, and 10; the field course is held Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bowhunter and Hunter Education courses are offered in many other northwest Montana communities. These schedules and dates will be announced as soon as they are available.