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July 28, 2016Hunter education class offered Aug. 9 at National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield

A S.C. Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Class will be taught at the National Wild Turkey Federation's Hunting Heritage Center in Edgefield on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Hunting Heritage Center is located at 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield.

This instructor-led hunter education class in Edgefield is offered in a one-day format and is free to the public. Participants must pre-register at www.dnr.sc.gov by clicking on the hunter education icon, or by calling (803) 734-3995 or 800-277-4301.

All residents and nonresidents born after June 30, 1979, need the hunter education endorsement and must complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license in the state. If you were born prior to that date and attempt to acquire a hunting license out-of-state, you'll find that many states now require you to have a hunter education endorsement. The Hunter Education Program is dedicated to the safe enjoyment of our outdoors. Through this program, students learn about responsibility and ethics in the field, as well as firearms safety.

All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The minimum age to take the exam and be certified is 10. Students are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or snack as the class will be working through lunch. At the end of the class, students will be given a written test that must be successfully completed to pass the course.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.

The mission of the DNR is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina's natural resources.

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