Bowhunting, hunter safety courses coming soon for Malheur County

Parker Blake tucks his 12-gauge shotgun close to his shoulder as he prepares to tell say "pull" into the speaker in front of him during a shooting event in 2015.

ONTARIO — Officials are gearing up for hunter education classes and field days coming up in Malheur County. The first course will be on bowhunting in January, followed by a conventional hunter safety course that will stretch from February to March.

Bowhunting

A class for bowhunters will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Outdoorsman, 50 N.E. Second St., Ontario.

Instructor Tom Witcraft will guide attendees through Oregon’s Bowhunter Education Program. This includes the fundamentals of safe and responsible archery hunting and an appreciation and respect for the environment in which they hunt.

The conventional style bowhunter course is hands-on, and students will be required to shoot their own bows and arrows during the class.

Conventional hunting

A conventional hunter safety course will begin Feb. 18 at Treasure Valley Community College.

Classes will be taught in the Vo-tech Building, in Natural Resource Room T103, 750 S.W. Fifth St., Ontario, and will be followed up by a live-fire exercise for youth students at a location to be determined.

This course offers a thorough introduction to hunting skills and covers topics such as firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife identification, hunt preparation and techniques and outdoor survival.

The conventional course is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Feb. 27, March 2-3, March 5, March 9-10 and March 14.

There live-fire exercise will be from 9 a.m. to noon on March 16.

Learn more

For more information, visit www.myodfw.com.

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