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February 23, 2014

MARTINO: Ivy Tech to host Hunter Ed.

10-hour class set for March 15-16.

Hunting is a safe activity and is growing safer all the time. Over the past several decades, hunting-related injuries have seen a dramatic decline. Indiana’s deer and turkey populations have skyrocketed and so have the number of those who pursue them. So why the decline in accidents? That can be explained with two simple words: Hunter Education.

Formal education programs of this nature are actually nothing new. In 1972, the Indiana Legislature directed the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to provide a course of instruction in hunter safety, principles of conservation and sportsmanship. Then several years later, the Legislature stepped up to the plate again making Hunter Ed. mandatory for everyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, before being able to purchase a valid Indiana hunting license.

This winter has been a dandy and many are now feeling the effects of cabin fever, making it the perfect time to complete this type of program.

In their continued effort to provide quality comprehensive educational programs, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region has now added the IDNR-certified Hunter Education class to its long list of degrees and certifications. The program will be held in the college’s spacious Kokomo Event Center. The 10-hour class will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15 and from noon to 4 p.m. on March 16.

Better yet, Hunter Ed. certifications are good for life. Plus, all states and provinces that require mandatory hunter ed training accept Indiana’s endorsement.

Indiana’s Hunter Ed. program is designed to benefit not only sportsmen and women but also non-hunters. Everyone will take something worthwhile away from the class.

If you ever have plans on hunting in other locations, it is important to note many states and provinces also require this type of formal training regardless of age. I personally believe this class should be taught in every school system, along with science, English and math.

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