From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- To meet the needs of young or new hunters prior to deer gun season, a "Blitz Weekend" of hunter ed courses takes place Nov. 13 and 14 across West Virginia.
There will be at least one hunter ed class offered in nearly every county. Any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, must complete a Hunter Education course before purchasing a hunting license.
Many hunter ed courses are offered throughout the state now and will continue through the Sunday before the deer buck season begins Nov. 22.
During Blitz Weekend, some counties will have as many as three courses running at the same time. There is no charge to take the hunter ed course, but you should register in advance to make sure you can get into a class.
"Classes held between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 are generally small, while classes held September through November could be as large as 200 if we had the available space and instructors," said Lt. Tim Coleman of the DNR Law Enforcement Section. Coleman is state coordinator of the DNR Hunter Education Program.
As an alternative, classes are continuously offered online at www.wvdnr.gov for a fee, and the required practical exam that must be taken in person will be offered in various locations across the state during Blitz Weekend.
For information about class locations visit http://www.wvdnr.gov/LEnforce/Education.shtm to find the location of a hunter ed class. Some counties are offered the course the week of Nov. 8 to 12.