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Hunter Education course scheduled for early September


Prepping for the hunt: deer season opens Sept. 1 for archery in portions of Klickitat County. State law requires everyone born after Jan. 1, 1972 to show proof of passing a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license.

There will be a classroom hunter education course taught Sept. 3-7 in Goldendale at the high school cafeteria. Weeknight classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 is the skills evaluation class from 8 a.m. to noon. It is mandatory for students to be at all weekday classes.

Fall turkey season opens in the extreme Eastern portion of Washington on Sept. 21.

Hunter education is designed to promote hunter awareness, knowledge and skills in three areas: safety, sportsmanship, and conservation. Successful students must pass a written test, demonstrate safe firearms handling skills, and a positive attitude. Registration is open at /panel/statelanding/WA.

There is no fee for the course, which will be taught by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife certified instructors Terry Nickels (509-773-3350), Rob Wing (509-773-4674), and Oscar Johnson (509-773-4544).

An on-line option is available through WDFW at a cost of $19.50. It also requires attendance at a field day after completing the course. One of the field days will be Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 in Goldendale.


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