HELENA – The next generation of hunters gathered at East Valley Middle School this week to begin their hunter’s education course.

Put on by Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the program is open to anyone 10 years or older and is required for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase a hunting license in the state. The courses are free and anyone is welcome to take them, even parents who want to accompany their child.

Chuck Houk has been teaching hunters ed for over 20 years and says that the course offers more than just a guide on hunting game.

The program is intended to also teach gun safety, wilderness survival and hunting ethics.

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“The thing that we want them to do is not to look over your shoulder, but to make that decision and judgment based upon what’s right and correct and safe,“ Houk said.

He added that he hopes the classes will guide the students in the future and help them to become safe and responsible hunters.

For more information about hunters education programs in your area click here.

For more information on Montana’s hunting regulations click here.

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