By Don Volger
Special to The SUN
The Internet-based hunter education course requires successful completion of an approved online curriculum plus four hours of classroom time, not including the test and range time. There are three online courses approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but we strongly encourage you to use huntercourse.com. Proof of online course completion (the certificate) must be submitted when students arrive on Saturday, March 15, or they will not be admitted to the conclusion class, which will be held from 8 a.m. until noon at the Ross Aragon Community Center, south conference room, at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Range day will be held Saturday, March 29. You should be done before 10 a.m.
There is no charge except the fee required to obtain the Internet course certificate of completion which varies depending on the course chosen.
This is a great course for younger students, and parents will benefit as they spend time with their son or daughter working through the online material prior to the conclusion class.
You must preregister and complete the Internet portion of the course before March 15. To register, go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife official site (wildlife.state.co.us/hunting) and click on “Hunter Education.” Once there, click on “find a course at a place and time to fit your schedule” at the top of the page and simply follow the directions.
If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1949, you are required to have a hunter safety card before purchasing a hunting license.
All programs, services and activities of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife are operated in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need accommodation due to a disability or have additional questions, please contact Don Volger at 264-2197. To assure that the Parks and Wildlife can meet special needs, please notify Don at least seven days before the class.
These courses are sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Police Department in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife with support from the local chapter of the Friends of the NRA.