Geauga Park District is pleased to train hunters on hunter safety, and hosts a three-day Hunter Safety Course every year to do so.
Registration is now available through the Ohio Division of Wildlife at http://bit.ly/2zV6Z3L for this year’s class dates on November 10th, 11th and 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Big Creek Park. Coursework ends with an exam. All under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
However, this is the first season that Geauga Park District’s hunter education offerings will also include additional clinics for young and beginner hunters, held separately from the safety courses, sponsored by the National Rifle Association.
The focus of these clinics is the animals and their habitats, the goal being to make attendees more effective hunters. Geauga Park District Rangers Mike Benesh, Jim Kailburn and Joel Firem studied and tested this summer to receive certificates to teach the clinics using updated training manuals supported by the highly acclaimed NRA Hunter Skills Series books.
“This new offering will provide more in-depth information about White-tailed Deer and Wild Turkey and how they behave, so hunters can know where might be a good spot to put up a tree stand, how to track deer and more,” Ranger Benesh said. “Anybody who’s hunted for a while already knows a lot of this information, so these clinics will be geared more toward kids and beginners.”
Ranger Benesh said a clinic on White-tailed Deer will be offered sometime after the November safety courses, followed by a Wild Turkey clinic in late winter or early spring before the season begins. Watch program listings at Geauga Park District or call 440-286-9516 for upcoming clinic information when it becomes available.
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