GREAT FALLS — Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks offers hunter education courses in Great Falls twice per year.
As the classes are held in a classroom setting, pre-registration is required.
The classes offer details on licensing information, conservation and why it is important, hunting ethics, and as FWP public information officer Bruce Auchly says, the most important component is gun safety.
Hunters ages 10 to 17 are required by law to take the course, to ensure they are properly prepared before going hunting.
However, the education is available to anyone.
They offer online adult hunter education which does have a registration fee compared to the classroom course which is free.
Auchly says they are able to provide it for free because of the volunteers that teach the course. “They’re taught by volunteers. They’re taught by men and women who freely give up their time to teach this because they think hunting and hunting safely is very important,” said Auchly.
He also said they are always looking for volunteers to help teach the classes.
The spring class is already full, but if you are interested in getting the basics on hunting, they offer a number of other options, including a bow-hunting safety course which starts May 4th in Great Falls.