New hunters will have several chances across the state to learn about state laws, firearms safety and hunting etiquette at one of several hunter safety education courses being offered by the Department of Natural Resources.
Alan Crouse of the DNR says the courses are mandatory for young hunters born after January 1st of 1967 to get a small game hunting license. Crouse says the course touches on a variety of hunting subjects. He says it’s geared toward gun safety, but they also talk about identifying animals, ethics and first aid.
Crouse believes the course is a major reason that hunting safety has improved in Iowa the last few years. He says the hunting accidents have fallen every year since the course started.
Crouse says there are courses being offered in all parts of the state, and you can find out about them on the D-N-R’s website at the safety education page.