Hunter Education Course
Geauga Park District will be pleased to train young and beginner hunters on safety, archery, ammunition, ethics and conservation during a two-day Hunter Education Course this spring.
Registration opens this Saturday, February 17, at this link through the Ohio Division of Wildlife, for classes on Saturdays, March 17 and 24, both 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park’s Donald W. Meyer Center.
Attendance is necessary both days to complete the coursework, which ends with a quiz. Students age 18 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The Park District’s hunter education course offerings will also soon include clinics sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Their focus 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 earned certificates last summer to teach the clinics using updated training manuals supported by the highly acclaimed NRA Hunter Skills Series books.
“These offerings 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.”
A Wild Turkey clinic offering is expected to follow sometime this spring before turkey season begins. Watch program listings on this website or call 440-286-9516 for upcoming clinic information as it becomes available.