Clark County 4-H Hunter Education classes set Print

The year 2012 marks the 15th year of the Clark County 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Last year 55 youth enrolled and enjoyed the advisement of Indiana State 4-H certified instructors giving them firearm safety instruction and several “hands on” range experiences with shotguns, rifles and handguns.
Clark County’s 4-H Youth Educator, Robert C. Allen, also an IDNR Hunter Education instructor, works with the County Shooting Sports Committee to build a foundation to use as a springboard to specialized firearm instruction in the future. Allen states, “This is an excellent program to start with since many adults and youth specialize as they age. A basic understanding of sporting arms safety is critical in building a County 4-H Shooting Sports Program.” Youth will have an opportunity to explore several shooting disciplines in the spring of 2012 thanks to the “Friends of NRA” who funded $4,000 towards purchasing new sporting arms equipment.
Hunter Education teaches critical concepts regarding wildlife management, being a good sport, landowner relationships, ethics, and responsibility. This course is taught by certified IDNR instructors and Clark County and Indiana Conservation Officers. The course’s number one priority is basic sporting arms safety, including muzzleloaders, modern firearms (handguns, shotguns and rifles), and archery equipment.
Allen continues, “Outdoor families are in fact finding out that their children born after December 31, 1986 are required to pass a hunter education course in order to purchase a hunting license.”  Passing the end of the course exam certifies the student as an Indiana Hunter Education graduate, which is nationally recognized by fish and wildlife agencies.
This program is especially designed to reach any Clark County youth grades 3-12, who would be interested in joining the 2012 program. Parents and legal guardians are asked to attend as well since 4-H is a family affair. It is required that youth ninth grade and younger attend with an accompanying adult.
Adults with a special interest to teach youth firearm safety are also needed to assist with this growing 4-H program.
If families have youth interested in learning the mechanics of shooting, please plan to attend the 4-H Shooting Sports program “call-out meeting” on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Food Center at the 4-H fairgrounds on Highway 62 near Charlestown.
These classes will be held on Tuesdays on February 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops Theatre Room in Clarksville.
Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. This program has no charge.
Pre-registration is required and should be done by February 3 by calling Bass Pro at (812) 218-5500.
For more information about the hunter education class please call Gary Graf, County Coordinator (246-3427) or Robert Allen, Clark County 4-H Youth Educator (256-4591).