PUTNAM — Area residents can learn the principles of safe hunting at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunter safety course scheduled for Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, at the Putnam County Conservation District/Senachwine Unit located at 5769 Lake Road in Putnam.
A 1996 state law requires all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, to successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license.
Participants completing the course will receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying they’ve passed the course. Participants should provide their Social Security number at the time of the class.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for hunters who need the course to qualify for their hunting license. It can be beneficial for both beginning and advanced hunters, even those born before Jan. 1, 1980,” Randy Witko, of the DNR, said.
The minimum 10-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations.
The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, call 815-882-2319 or 815-437-2070. For information on other courses, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety.