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Summit County: Hunter education class on Thursday

With April 5 the first deadline for all fall limited license hunting applications, March is the time for hunters to start signing up for hunter education classes.

A local Internet-based course is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Mount Royal Room in the County Commons building in Frisco. Another is scheduled at 6 p.m. on March 31 in the Fremont Room of the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco. Pre-registration isn’t required for the courses, which cost $10.

Hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, must complete a hunter education course before applying for or purchasing Colorado hunting licenses. Statistics show that, since offering the courses, hunting has become safer, district wildlife manager Shannon Schwab said. The Division of Wildlife website reports that an average of nine fatal and 24 non-fatal hunting accidents were reported yearly in the 1960s. In the five years prior to 2004, there was an average of 1.6 fatal and 10 non-fatal hunting accidents.

The goal of the courses, taught by volunteer instructors and Division of Wildlife personnel, is to teach students how to be safer and more successful in the field. They emphasize wildlife identification, firearm handling, wildlife management, hunting ethics and wildlife laws. Students also are introduced to more primitive hunting tools such as the bow and the muzzleloader.

There is no age restriction for the courses, other than being able to comprehend the exam and be able to handle a .22 rifle. Courses are offered in spring almost every weekend across the state to help hunters prepare for the fall. They are listed on the Colorado Division of

Wildlife website at

For more information, call the Division of Wildlife at (970) 262-9316 or visit the website.

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