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New hunters should take Hunter Ed courses now

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

-- Utah is encouraging hunters to sign up for a Hunter Education class now, especially young hunters, because the start of youth hunt days and regular hunts only two months away.

Several special youth hunting days are scheduled for September and October. To participate, youth hunters must complete the state Hunter Education course.  

Mid-summer is a great time to take the course, says Kirk Smith, assistant Hunter Education coordinator. Youth or parents who wait until just before the hunt days arrive, they might not have time to complete the course before the hunts happen.

"Save yourself the disappointment of missing out on some great memories," Smith says. "Sign your kids up for a Hunter Education course today."

The invitation is for adults, too, those born after Dec. 31, 1965, must complete the course before hunting in Utah.

Classes are held across Utah, and can also be taken online. Hunters who complete the course online must still attend a field day which runs five to six hours.

Class schedules and contact information for volunteer Hunter Education instructors is available online at

Smith said the biggest advantage to the online course is its convenience. "Young people are usually busy with lots of activities in the summer," he says. "The online course provides a way to take the course at a time that works best for them."

Taking the class online also allows the young person's parent to sit by the young person's side to make sure they understand what they're learning. The young person can also learn at his or her speed and can review the material as often as he or she wants.

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