Hunter Education Courses In The Local Area Upcoming

Indiana conservation officers are offering several free Indiana hunter education courses ahead of the 2020 Spring Turkey Season, which runs April 22 through May 10. Youth Turkey Season is April 18-19.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 is required to pass a hunter education course to get a hunting license. Students are required to attend the entire course in order to take the test. There is no minimum age; however, students younger than 11 years old are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hunter education courses are taught by conservation officers and volunteer instructors. Topics covered include safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home; hunter ethics and responsibility; game identification; and conservation management.

Advance registration is preferred and can be completed by finding the course nearest you at Class sizes are limited depending on the facility. Walk-ins may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific details can be found on the registration page for each class.

The following northwest Indiana courses are being offered by Indiana Conservation Officers. Students must attend both sessions. 

Jasper County 

Rensselaer Youth Center

910 S. Sparling Ave.

Rensselaer, IN 47978

April 3, 6 – 9 p.m. CT

April 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT 

Lake County 

Southern Lake County Conservation Club

24417 Tieble Road Schneider, IN 46376

March 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

March 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

LaPorte County 

Elkins Taxidermy

7709 E Lilly Lane

New Carlisle, IN 46552

March 14, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

March 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Porter County 

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

1600 N 25 E

Chesterton, IN 46304

April 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT

April 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

Porter County

Cornerstone Community Church

605 S. Maple Street

Kouts, IN 46347

April 10, 5 – 8 p.m. CT

April 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT

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