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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 Departmentâ€™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 â€śonline course enrollmentâ€ť 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 â€śenrollâ€ť 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 (701) 328-6615.
Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the â€śsubscribe to news, email and text alertsâ€ť link found below the news section on the departmentâ€™s home page. Check the box labeled â€śhunter education class notificationâ€ť under the education program updates.
State law requires anyone born after December 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.
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 governorâ€™s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2014 include:
Deer Bow, Mountain Lion
Sharptail, Hun, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel
Early Resident Waterfowl
Regular Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant
Pheasant, Fall Turkey
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel Trapping