A free hunter education class July 23-24 will provide mandatory information needed for a hunter education certificate.
The classes will be held at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Complex, 7376 S. Wolfsen Road in Los Banos. Class times are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following day.
Lunch will be provided both days, courtesy of the Los Banos Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will host the free class.
According to a news release, the class may be the only local course offered before the upcoming dove season. The class fulfills the requirements to obtain a hunter education certificate, which is needed to purchase a California hunting license.
The class includes a minimum of 10 hours of classroom, homework and field instruction, teaching firearms safety and handling, sportsmanship, ethics and wildlife management, and conservation.
It also teaches archery, black powder, wildlife identification, game care, first aid and survival.
To obtain a certificate of completion, students must demonstrate safe handling of firearms and pass an education test with a score of at least 80 percent.
The class is open to anyone, although children younger than 12 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult for the entire class. It’s recommended that parents and guardians accompany children under 16. Students under 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.
Prior to registering for the course, students must have obtained a California Get Outdoors ID.
As of Thursday, 34 of 40 seats in the class remained open.
To register, sign up at www.register-ed.com/events/view/83972.