Hunter’s Education classes are offered four times each year in Daviess County, thanks to the help of local conservation officers and a group of dedicated volunteers.
“Our instructors volunteer their time to offer these classes,” said Conservation Officer and instructor Blake Everhart. “The class is a minimum of 10 hours but we usually go a little longer than that. Our instructors spend a lot of time preparing for the classes too and you multiply that time the instructors use to teach and prepare by four classes a year, and you have several hours wrapped up.”
Greg Mundy has been teaching the classes for about 10 years and John Dosch has been teaching around 14 years. The volunteer instructors receive support and training through the Indiana Hunter’s Education Association. “The association provides training and the equipment needed for the class,” said Everhart.
In addition to Mundy, Dosch and Everhart, Ed and Tricia Albrecht as well as Conservation Officer Keirsten Forbey help instruct the classes.
Everhart said the class, which is required for anyone interested in hunting who was born after Dec. 31, 1986, and those hunting out of state, promotes ethics, stewardship, and firearm safety and first aid among other things.
“Our classes are open to people of all ages,” said Everhart who added that participants must take and pass a 100-question exam at the completion of the class in order to receive a hunters education certification card. “And the certification lasts a lifetime.”
Two classes are offered at the Conservation Club and two classes are held at the Simon J. Graber Complex. “We have about 50 students in each class,” said Everhart.
Everhart said with spring turkey season starting later this month, the classes typically fill up quickly.
For more information on hunter’s education courses or to sign up visit http://inhea.com/PassItOnIndiana/