DNR hunter education course will be held in Putnam

PUTNAM — Area residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at a Department of Natural Resources hunter safety course at the Putnam County Conservation/Senachwine Unit, 5769 Lake Road, Putnam. The course will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and from 9:30 a.m. to finish on Sunday, April 11.

A 1996 state law requires that all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the hunter education course receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying that they have passed the course of instruction. Participants should provide their Social Security Number at the time of class.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for hunters who need the course in order to qualify for their hunting license,” said Randy Witko. “It can be beneficial for both beginning and advanced hunters, even those born before Jan. 1, 1980.

The minimum 10-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations.

For additional information about the course, contact Kristin at the Putnam County Conservation District at 815-882-2319. For information on other courses, visit dnr.illinois.gov/safety.