DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding beginning hunters, that hunter education classes are required to obtain a license. The DNR has a number of hunter education classes scheduled this fall.
Iowa DNR Safety Officer Jeff Barnes tells WHO Radio News says there are free classes in locations throughout the state, and an on-line course, for a fee.
He says the classes cover gun safety, hunting history, wildlife identification, and hunting laws.
Barnes says anyone over age 16 must have their own hunting license, and to get that, they must complete a hunter education course.
He says experienced hunters are also welcome, to brush up on their knowledge.
Those attending the class are not allowed to bring their own weapons, the DNR provides ammunition and firearms. Barnes says it's a good idea for beginning hunters to sign up as soon as possible, as hunting seasons are right around the corner.