Young people in the Hudson area interested in firearm safety, hunting and recreational shooting are invited to enroll in a certified Wisconsin Hunter Education course at the Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 only. The course is every Thursday, July 15 to Sept. 2, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Gun Club located off Krattley Lane in North Hudson. There is also a mandatory attendance Saturday Field Day, July 31.

All students are now required by the Wisconsin DNR to have Customer ID Numbers by the second class in order to graduate. This number can be obtained by calling the DNR Customer Service at (888) 936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

There is no pre-registration. Both the student and parent must attend registration in order to complete the necessary forms. Registration should last about 1-1/2 hours in order to provide course information. Registration is mandatory and will not be accepted at any other time after July 13. Class size will be limited to fifty (50) students, first come, first registered. There is a $10 non-refundable fee per student for the class, due at registration, and attendance requirements must be met for the student to be certified. Although the course is designed primarily for young people, there is no maximum age.

Wisconsin law now specifies that all people born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must successfully complete a recognized hunter education class to obtain a hunting license. Many states now have mandatory hunter education requirements, with varying birth date requirements whereby an individual may not be issued a hunting license prior to certification in a recognized hunter education course.

A firearm, preferably a .22 cat. rimfire rifle in good working condition, is required for all students for all classes after registration. No ammunition allowed.

Classes will cover safe gun handling, firearm safety at home and in the field, care of firearms, archery safety and the legal and ethical responsibilities of hunters.

All instructors have completed requirements for certification as established by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. For more information only, after 6 p.m. contact either Jane George, (715) 386-8159 or Peter Dold, (715) 386-6522.