Hunting - Region 7
Fri Jan 27 14:43:00 MST 2017
Dates are beginning to pop up for Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses to be offered across Region 7 in the coming months, and some are already accepting students.
Registration for the first Hunter Education class to be offered in Miles City this year opens online on Monday, Jan. 30. The course will be Feb. 24-26 (details below).
Those youths who have hunted for two seasons under the apprentice hunter program without completing a Hunter Education course are reminded that they must complete a course before entering drawings or purchasing licenses this year.
The deadline for applying for bull and antlerless elk and mule deer buck permits is March 15, so youths wishing to apply must complete a Hunter Education course before the deadline. Also, youths seeking archery season only permits must complete a Bowhunter Education course and purchase a new bow and arrow license in order to apply.
More Hunter and Bowhunter Education class dates and locations will be set in coming weeks, so interested people are encouraged to check online at http://fwp.mt.gov. On the home page, click on the Education tab. Under “Education,” select “Hunter Education Programs.” Click on “Find a Class or Field Course” and follow the prompts to view or register for a course in your area. Students must be at least 10 years old at the time they take a Hunter Education course, and 11 years old to take Bowhunter Education.
Below is a brief listing of Hunter and Bowhunter Education classes currently on the site, but for complete instructions, people should visit the FWP website.
Apprentice Hunter Program
For more information about the apprentice hunter program, which allows youths ages 10-17 to hunt for two seasons with a registered mentor without taking a Hunter Education course, visit fwp.mt.gov. Interested guardians are urged to read all of the requirements online before coming to a regional FWP office to apply.
Hunter Education courses in Region 7
Miles City – Feb. 24-26
The year’s first class will be Feb. 24-26 at Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 headquarters in Miles City, located at 352 I-94 Business Loop across from the Miles City Livestock Commission. Space is limited to 50 students, and it typically fills quickly.
Friday’s class will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday’s class is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday’s class portion is 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the field course to follow at nearby Spotted Eagle Recreation Area from 1-4 p.m. This field course does not allow online students; there will be a separate online field course offered at a later date.
Registration is open online from Jan. 30 to Feb. 17 at http://fwp.mt.gov. Students must pick up packets from the FWP office by Feb. 17 to give them adequate time to read the manual and complete the review questions prior to class. They must also read and sign the acknowledgement of risk form and bring it to class, along with packet materials and pencils.
Students should bring a sack lunch, and parents/guardians are also responsible for transportation to and from the field course on Feb. 26.
The head instructor is Caleb Bollman. For more information or questions, contact Bollman at 234-0900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidney – Feb. 13, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25
As of Friday, there were 5 of 50 seats remaining in a Hunter Education course scheduled for Feb. 13, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25 in Sidney at Eastern Agricultural Research, 1501 N. Central Ave. Class times are 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 13; 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 20, 21, 23 and 24; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25. Walk-in registration is also available on Feb. 13. The class is limited to 50.
The field day portion is closed to online students. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian present the first night. Workbooks distributed first night; all chapter quizzes must be done before first class.
For more information or questions, contact instructor Larry Christensen at 406-489-0589. Register online at www.fwp.mt.gov.
Sidney – Aug. 1, 7, 8, 10-12
Online registration opens July 1. Class is 6-8 p.m. the first night at Eastern Agricultural Research, and 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 7, 8, 10 and 11. Class on Aug. 12 is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted on the first night. Workbooks distributed at orientation; all chapter quizzes must be done before first class. Class is limited to 50. A guardian must be present the first night. No online students for field day. Instructor is Larry Christensen, 406-489-0589.
Ekalaka – March 4, 5
Class is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 4, and from 1-5 p.m. on March 5, with the field portion to follow. It will be held at the events center at the fairgrounds. Books need to be picked up by Friday, Feb. 24 at the Wagon Wheel café and the work must be completed by class time. No online students will be accepted for the field day. Students should bring a lunch on Saturday. Instructor is Bud Powell, 406-775-6239.
Hysham – March 6-11
Registration open now; nine of 15 seats remain. The course will be March 6-11 at the Treasure County Courthouse courtroom, 307 Rapelje Ave. Class time is 6-9 p.m. on March 6-10, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 11, with the field day portion at the Treasure Shooting Association. Materials must be picked up no later than Feb. 27 through instructor Ronald Thomas at 406-342-5218. All chapters in the workbook must be completed before class starts. No online students will be accepted for this field day.
Bowhunter Education courses in Region 7
Forsyth – Feb. 21, 23-25
Registration open now. Class runs from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 21, 23 and 24, and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Forsyth High School. Field day is noon-4 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Pronghorn Archery Range west of town. Fifty seats are available, and registrations are accepted on the first night. Instructor is Doug Roberts, 406-351-3472.
Forsyth Online Field Day – Feb. 25
Feb. 25 from noon-4 p.m. at Pronghorn Archery Range west of town. Online registration is open now, with 54 of 60 seats remaining. Field Day Qualifier Certificate, required files (on website) and picture ID required for admission. Must be 18 or older. Instructor is Doug Roberts, 406-351-3472.
Sidney – March 9, 15-18
Online registration opens Feb. 9. Classes at Eastern Ag Research Center. March 9 is 6-8 p.m.; March 15-17 is 6-9 p.m.; and March 18 is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk-in registration accepted first night. Instructor is Larry Christensen, 406-489-0589.
Sidney Online Field Day – March 18
Registration opens Feb. 17. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Eastern Ag Research Center, 1501 North Central Ave. Walk-in registration accepted. Field Day Qualifier Certificate, required files (on website) and picture ID required for admission. Must be 18 or older. Instructor is Larry Christensen, 406-489-0589.
Sidney – June 8, 14-17
Class time 6-8 p.m. on June 8; 6-9 on June 14-16; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 17. Walk-in registration available first night of class. Guardians of those under 18 must be present first night. Instructor Larry Christensen, 406-489-0589.
Sidney Online Field Day – June 17
Registration opens May 16. Walk-in registration accepted June 17 at 7:30 a.m. Field Day from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Eastern Ag Research Center. Field Day Qualifier Certificate, required files (on website) and picture ID required for admission. Must be 18 or older. Instructor is Larry Christensen, 406-489-0589