FREDERICK The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Friends of Hackberry Flat are offering a series of Saturday Programs at the Hackberry Flat Center located south of here. The series continues Oct. 13 with a hunter education class provided by the ODWC.
The Hunter Education Class offered that day will be the standard eight-hour course. It will start promptly at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The class is free of charge. Students attending the class will need to be able to take a written test. They are encouraged to bring a sack lunch with drinks and cookies provided by the Hackberry Flat Foundation.
The hunter education classes are credited for reducing hunting-related accidents and fatalities by more than 70 percent in Oklahoma over the past 30 years. Officials with the ODWC report that mandatory hunter education courses have not only reduced accidents within Oklahoma, but also in every state and Canadian province with similar programs. It is strongly recommended that anyone who plans on hunting or shooting complete a hunter education class.
Hunter education covers a variety of topics including firearms safety, wildlife identification, wildlife conservation and management, survival, archery, muzzleloading and hunter responsibility. It is available as a standard eight-hour course, the Internet home study course and the workbook home study course.