Area residents, 8 years old and above, will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at a Department of Natural Resources hunter safety course sponsored by the Knox County Farm Bureau Young Farmers. This free course will be held at the Knox Agri-Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd, Galesburg, on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 5:30-9:00 pm and Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Participants must attend both session days. A snack will be provided on Friday evening and lunch provided on Saturday.
Participants must be 8 years old and above. A 1996 state law requires that all hunters born on or after January 1, 1980 must successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the hunter education course will receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying that they have passed the course of instruction.
Classes are free and taught by volunteer instructors. The programs are primarily designed to train young people between the ages of 12-18 and materials are based on a sixth-grade reading level.
The minimum ten hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations. You must pre-register HERE or by calling the Knox County Farm Bureau office at 309-342-2036. This course is limited to 40 participants and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
This course is sponsored by the Knox County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Knox County Pheasants Forever.