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Hunter education classes in 2014

Individuals interested in taking a hunter education class in 2014 should know that most courses are offered early in the calendar year. To register for a hunter education course, students need to sign up online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, (gf.nd.gov). Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.

To register, click on the online services tab, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.

Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at 328-6615.

State law requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1961, to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.

Tentative 2014 opening dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2014, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year. Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2014 include:

Spring Crow – March 8

Spring Turkey – April 12

Fall Crow – Aug. 9

Deer Bow, Mountain Lion – Aug. 29

Dove – Sept. 1

Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel – Sept. 13

Youth Deer – Sept. 19

Youth Waterfowl – Sept. 20

Early Resident Waterfowl – Sept. 27

Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant – Oct. 4

Pheasant, Fall Turkey – Oct. 11

Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping – Oct. 25

Deer Gun – Nov. 7

Deer Muzzleloader – Nov. 28