Hunter Education classes are set to begin in Stevensville in February and Hamilton in early March. Students must sign up for the classes by attending a registration night on Feb. 8 for Stevensville or Feb. 15 for Hamilton.
The Stevensville class will be held at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, and the schedule is as follows: Feb. 16, 17, 22, and 24 and March 1, 3 and 8 from 7-9pm each evening. Students must also attend field days on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30-1pm and during an assigned time on Saturday, March 6. To register for the Stevensville class, stop by the headquarters building at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge (just north of Stevensville off the Eastside Highway) on Monday, Feb. 8 any time between 7 and 8:30pm. For questions, call Jerry or Lori Donaldson at 406-777-3368.
The Hamilton class will be held at the Hamilton Assembly of God Church on March 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, and 15 from 7-9pm each evening with a field course on Saturday, March 13. To sign up for the Hamilton class, attend registration at 7pm on Monday, Feb. 15 at the Assembly of God Church, 601 West Main Street.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany all students under 18 to register. Both classes have class size limits and spots are first-come, first-served on registration night.
Other hunter education classes will be held in Ravalli County this spring in Florence, Corvallis, Lone Rock School and possibly Darby, but schedules have not been set. For updates, check the online class schedule at fwp.mt.gov. Follow links to “Education” and “Hunter Education.” Or call, the Missoula Fish, Wildlife & Parks office at 406-542-5500.
All hunter education classes are free of charge, and students must be at least 11 years old to be certified. 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.