From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
-- As the fall hunting season draws closer, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Hunter Education Section will begin offering more hunter education courses throughout the state.
For those needing to get their hunter education certification for the 2008-09 season, now is the time to start looking for a session. LDWF is encouraging all aspiring hunters to not miss a hunting opportunity this year because they waited too long and missed the classes offered in their area.
For more information on LDWF's hunter education program, to view a list of current classes or to find contact information for your regional coordinator, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/education.
The free hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license. Anyone can participate in the basic student course, but only those persons 10 years of age or older are eligible for certification.
Hunter education certification cards can be obtained a couple of different ways from the LDWF Hunter Education Program. The traditional standard hunter education course is taught in a classroom setting by an LDWF hunter education instructor. The standard course usually takes place over a two or three-day window and includes a mandatory live fire evaluation.
The home study program can be taken over the Internet at LDWF's website or by requesting a CD-Rom from LDWF. With the home study program, students must attend a field day that includes a mandatory live fire evaluation and written test.