BILLINGS –Eight week-long hunter education classes are scheduled in the Billings area for February and March. Certified volunteers will teach the free Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks classes, which are required for most people to hunt in Montana.
Online registration for the classes is encouraged. Students may register online at the Montana FWP web site – http://fwp.mt.gov and follow the links to education, “hunter education programs” and “find a class.” Students must be at least 10 years old to register. Students younger than 18 years old must bring a parent or guardian to the orientation and registration session.
All classes include a 6:30 p.m. registration and orientation session – which is required for all students, including those who have registered online – five evenings of classes and a Saturday outdoor field exercise.
Here is a list of spring hunter education classes in the Billings area:
Castle Rock and Lewis and Clark middle schools: Orientation Monday, Feb. 18; classes Feb. 25 through March 1 with a field day at Lake Elmo State Park March 2.
Shepherd Elementary, Lockwood Middle School and Riverside Middle School: Orientation Monday, Feb. 25; classes March 4-8 with a field day at Lake Elmo State Park March 9.
Laurel High School: Orientation Monday, March 4; classes March 11-15 and a field day March 16 with the venue to be announced during orientation.
Medicine Crow and Will James middle schools: Orientation Monday, March 11; classes March 18 through 22 with a field day at Lake Elmo State Park March 23.
Additional classes will be scheduled at towns throughout south central Montana this spring. Residents of towns outside of Billings should watch bulletin boards at local schools or check FWP’s website at http://fwp.mt.gov and follow the links to education, “hunter education programs” and “find a class.”
Mandatory field exercises for adult students who complete an online hunter education course will be scheduled for later in the year with registration information posted on the FWP website.
Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985, must complete a hunter education class or qualify as a youth apprentice hunter before purchasing a Montana hunting license.
(via MT FWP)