For many, these are the pale months. Hunting seasons are over and for most, still a bit early for prime spring fishing opportunities. For some, cabin fever has reached its peak, making it the perfect time to gain outdoor knowledge, all in the warm confines of Kokomo’s only outdoor education center.
The Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department will host another IDNR-certified Hunter Education class. The free program will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 17, and again from noon to 4 p.m. on March 18. Classes will take place at the Kirkendall Nature Center located in rustic Jackson Morrow Park, 4200 S. Park Road. The program is open to the first 125 who sign-up. Registrations may be made by calling the Parks Department office at 765-456-7275.
The Kirkendall Nature Center provides the perfect venue for this type of outdoor-oriented program. The Center is home to more than 50 artistically preserved fish and wildlife species native to the Hoosier state. Many owners have graciously donated their trophies to the Parks Department for public display in the hopes of enriching the outdoor learning experience.
The DNR also has granted permission to display protected species such as a badger, bobcat and several birds of prey.
The Hunters Ed. program consists of 10 hours of classroom instruction spread over the two-day period. Some subject areas covered include hunter responsibility, ethics and wildlife conservation. Students also will learn about tree-stand safety, game care and first aid.
Denny Heaton and his trained staff do a masterful job presenting the importance of complete firearm safety, covering nearly every type of short and long gun. An in-depth seminar on archery equipment is also offered.
Don’t think Indiana’s Hunter Education is just for kids or hunters. Everyone can benefit from the wealth of information presented. I personally believe Hunter Ed. should be required in every school curriculum.