Youth Hunter Education Available in Four Corners Area

Four Corners SCIA piece of our mission here at Four Corners SCI is To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forest, which is our natural heritage. A large piece of that is educating the youth. For that reason, we would like to share youth specific Hunter Education schedules we are aware of in the area with you.

Pagosa Springs – Hunter’s Safety at the Ross Aragon Community Center. March 17, 19 and 21 from 6-9 pm; and Saturday, March 22 from 8-10 am. The shooting portion of this safety course is set to take place Saturday, March 29th.

Durango, (sent via Colorado Parks & Wildlife) – Youngsters in the Durango area can get a jump on the big game season through an internet-based Hunter Education Course now being offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The internet course is a convenient way for prospective hunters to earn their hunter education cards. The class is open to anyone 18 years and younger.

The on-line section of the course can be studied at home but must be completed by March 14. Those who complete the on-line course must then participate in a day-long skills class, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Street in Durango. A parent or guardian must accompany any participants 12 or younger. Parents and guardians of all participants are welcome to attend the skills day course.

The skills class will include: firearms safety, shooting, hunter responsibilities, wildlife regulations and other hands-on activities. To obtain a safety card, students must pass a written exam and complete the live-fire exercises at the skills class. Rifles and ammunition will be provided. No personal firearms allowed.

Anyone in Colorado born after Jan. 1, 1949, who wishes to hunt must earn a hunter education card.

To register for the class go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife web site:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterEducation/CourseCalendar/Pages/HECalendar.aspx. Forward the calendar to March, click on “Durango” on the adjoining list on 3/15, then follow the instructions.

For more information, please contact the Durango Colorado Parks and Wildlife office at 970-247-0855.

If you are aware of youth education courses in the Four Corners area, please let us know and we will be happy to share them so others can get their children involved.

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