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January 14, 2014

MADISON - People who will need a hunter safety certificate to hunt this year should not wait until fall to get enrolled in Hunter Education if they want to in the woods hunting this fall, according to state hunting safety officials.

"There are more hunter education courses taught now than any other time of year," said Jon King, hunter education administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin.

Hunter education courses are led by trained and certified volunteer instructors and are offered statewide throughout the year. Hunter education covers the firearm handling skills, regulations and responsibilities of a safe and ethical hunter. Every year, almost 30,000 youth and adults in Wisconsin become certified in hunter education.

King says people can choose from three convenient ways to get your hunter education certification:

"Thanks to the hunter education program, hunting is safe and getting safer," King said. "Get enrolled now and join the ranks of today's hunter education graduates who are ensuring the future of Wisconsin's hunting heritage."

Wisconsin hunter certification is recognized by all states and provinces requiring hunter education.

People can get more information and look for a nearby class by searching the DNR website for keywords: "hunter safety."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Warden Jon King, Hunter Education Administrator, 608-575-2294, Joanne Haas, public affairs manager, 608-209-8147.

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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