Pierre, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year. Registration for most classes is available online at gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education.
Walk-ins are accepted if space is available, but pre-registration is recommended and required for most classes.
“Course availability is limited as hunting seasons draw closer, so signing up now is your best bet of getting into a class,” says South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks HuntSAFE coordinator, Patrick Klotzbach.
An independent study HuntSAFE class is also available.
“The independent study course allows students to complete the coursework online, at their own pace, and then attend a 4-6 hour field day,” says, Klotzbach. “Not all cities offer this option, but those that do are listed on our website.”
Students interested in either the traditional classroom or independent study format must register online at gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education. Those wanting to take the independent study option must register for their field day and then complete the online course offered at hunter-ed.com/southdakota/. Students must take the course and print off their field day qualifier certificate and bring it to the field day.
The traditional classroom course is free, and the independent study HuntSAFE course is $15.
HuntSAFE class is designed for persons age 12 through 15. If a student’s twelfth birthday falls on or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he/she may be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year.
Adults are welcome and invited to attend with their student or take the course on their own, as many states require certification for adults as well.
For more information on HuntSAFE in South Dakota, visit gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education or call 605.223.7700.