Hunting season is coming — Time to get safe!
The chill in the morning air brings a sure sign that fall is on the way — and, with it, the arrival of hunting season. For youngsters and adults wanting to take to the woods and waters for the first time with guns, bows or traps, now is the time to learn how to hunt safely.
In September, the Hartford Rod and Gun club will offer hunter safety and education training that all would-be hunters must complete in order to purchase their first state hunting license. The course is free of charge and taught by the club's certified instructors.
Take if from me; the course is well worth your time. As the son of a Missouri farm boy, I grew up around guns and learned to handle them safely from the start. When my son wanted to learn how to shoot, he and I enrolled in a course similar to the one being offered in Hartford and both found it to be fun, interesting and useful.
People who haven't been around hunters might not realize that the responsible ones — and that's the vast majority — place a premium on practicing their hobby in a safe and ethical way. At the hunter safety course, participants learn how to prevent tragic accidents, to pursue game in a responsible way and to enjoy the company of like-minded sportsmen and women.
The course includes all materials and is open to all ages and levels of experience. With the Bow Hunting Safety Course, participants are welcome to bring their own bow and field arrows for the course.
The course runs from Sept. 10-20, with weeknight sessions at Dothan Brook School in Wilder from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-3 at The Rod & Gun Club, located at 463 Wildlife Road in West Hartford.
To register, go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website. For more information, contact the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department at 802-295-5036.