In the state of Oregon, all youth ages 12-18 must possess a hunter safety card to hunt legally.

Such cards may be obtained by taking a one-week class, like the one scheduled April 1-5 at the Joseph Baptist Church, or by taking a course online.

Keith Newburn, of Joseph, who has been Wallowa County’s hunter safety coordinator for the past 10 years, says classes taken either way must be completed by spending hands-on time handling and shooting guns at a shooting range.

The course graduation day for the upcoming class in Joseph will occur Saturday, April 6, at the Eagle Cap Shooting Range along Ant Flat Road north of Enterprise.

Newburn later will give hands-on final instructions to online students on another date yet to be determined.

Those wishing to register can go through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by typing in ‘ODFW hunter education.’

Newburn regularly teaches a second hunter safety class in the fall at the Wallowa Gun Club. That date, too, has yet to be set.

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