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A hunter education class has been set for September in Northeast Kansas.

Larry Weast, hunter ed instructor coordinator for Northeast Kansas, said the class is free and will be held prior to the opening of the fall hunting seasons. Hunter education is required to purchase a firearm hunting permit in Missouri for those born on or after January 1, 1967.

There will be two classroom sessions at the Fisher Center in Hiawatha, Kansas, and one field day at Stony Point Farm.

The two classroom portions will be on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fisher Center located at 205 E. Iowa in Hiawatha. The field day is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 at Stony Point Farm and the times will be announced at a later date. The test will be given during the field day.

Weast said all parts of the class have to be completed to be hunter education certified.

Interested persons must be at least 11 years old by Sept. 21 in order to be certified. Younger hunters may attend but cannot be certified. No pre-registration is required. Hunters can register when they arrive at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17. The Fisher Center is handicapped accessible.

Weast said the field day will provide an opportunity for attendees to be outdoors and complete hands-on skills. The topics covered will include firearm safety, archery, how to administer first aid and tree stand safety. The class will also discuss how to follow a blood trail to find wounded deer.

“The class will have an emphasis on safety and will highlight the importance of identifying your target,” Weast said. “We also want to encourage turkey hunters to not look like their game.”

He said the class is accepting people interested in being volunteers or instructors for the field day.

For more information on the class or to volunteer, contact Weast by phone at 785-547-6186 or by e-mail at stonypoint@hughes.