GREAT FALLS — An in-person Hunter Education course is now open for registration in Conrad. The course will be held at the Pondera Co Shooting Sports building in Conrad, begin on March 4 from 6-7 p.m. when students will pick up student manuals and turn in their required materials.  The remaining classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 11, 12, 14 and 15. There is no charge to attend the course, but advanced registration is required and is available online.

In-person, instructor-led hunter education courses are available free to anyone aged 10 and older and are led by trained volunteer instructors who are passionate about preserving Montana’s hunting tradition, teaching firearm safety, ethics, and outdoor skills. Instructor-led courses provide new hunters with a hands-on learning experience and can be particularly beneficial for people who have minimal experience in the field or handling firearms.

All registrants for this event must be at least 10 years of age by Mar. 15, 2024.  For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2024 season, they must be 12-years old by Jan. 16, 2025. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12.

Classes begin this Thursday, February 15, in Havre. Seats are still available.

Classes will be held in Great Falls beginning Tuesday, March 12.

 To purchase or apply for a Montana hunting license, anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter education course issued by Montana, any other state, or any Canadian province.

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