Plan Ahead For Winner HuntSAFE Course

The Winner HuntSAFE (Safety And Firearms Education) course is going to be held June 5th-6th at Rosebud Arrow, Rod, and Gun Club from 6-9 p.m. on June 5 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 6.  Successful completion of a HuntSAFE course is required for any youth under age 16 to be able to legally purchase a South Dakota hunting license. The classes are designed to teach the fundamentals of being a safe, skilled and responsible hunter. The most important part of the course is how to handle firearms responsibly. The classes are taught by certified volunteer instructors and assisted by the local Wildlife Conservation Officer.

The class is free, registration should be done online prior to June 5th. But you can still register the first night. Students must attend both sessions.

HuntSAFE courses are designed for persons age 12 through 15, but everyone including parents are certainly welcome. Persons who are 11 may participate, but will not be issued a Hunter Safety certification card until their 12th birthday, unless the card is clearly marked that the card is not valid until the person’s 12th birthday. Exception: If a student’s 12th birthday falls on or between September 1 and December 31, he/she will be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning September 1 of that year. Once again the class is free, so I invite everyone to attend.

More info about HuntSAFE is available online at  If you have any questions contact Wildlife Conservation Officer Chris Dekker 842-0894 or email

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