Area residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of hunting safety at an upcoming, two-night workshop to be held at Pekin Park District’s Soldwedel Program Center. The program will be held Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Who must take the course? On January 10, 1995, a State law was passed that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 may not be issued a hunting license unless he or she presents a valid Hunter Education Certificate of Competency, issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Safety Education Division or another state.
The Illinois Hunter Education Program consists of a minimum of ten hours of instruction. The education material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. The course covers the basics of: hunter responsibility and ethics; tree-stand safety; firearms and ammunition, field safety, first aid; bow hunting; muzzle loading; wildlife conservation and identification; and state regulations. Persons completing the minimum 10 hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch.
The course is open to boys, girls, men, and women of all ages. Children under 10 years must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. There is no charge to take the course, and all materials are furnished. Participants MUST BE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE, as space is limited. Participants should also plan to bring their own sack-supper to eat during the class.
This course will be taught by Carl Powell, a certified volunteer instructor for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For further information, or to register for this course, call the Parks and Recreation Office at 309-347-PARK (7275). The Soldwedel Program Center is located just off Illinois Route 98, adjacent to McNaughton Park Road and the Rockin’ “P” Riding Stables.