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/hunt-ed.
HuntSAFE courses are classes designed to teach students the importance of firearm safety. Students will participate in multiple in-person sessions that will provide the students with the knowledge and skills relative to hunting and hunter safety.
To be eligible for certification, students must be present and participate in all required sessions. Courses are for youth age 12 and older. 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 a student or take the course on their own.
An independent study HuntSAFE class is also available. “Students also have the option of taking the course independent study style,” says South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks HuntSAFE coordinator, Patrick Klotzbach. “Students complete the online coursework at their own pace then attend a 4-6 hour field day in order to get certified.”
The independent study option is not available in all areas.
For more information on HuntSAFE in South Dakota, visit gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/.