Hunter education course offered

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will host a Hunter Education Class in Pocahontas County at the Marlinton Public Library from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and from 1-5 p.m. April 6. Students must attend all hours both days of the 10-hour course and pass a written and hands-on test to be certified.

In 1994, West Virginia passed legislation that requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 to present proof of certification from an approved Hunter Education course to the license agent to purchase a base hunting license.

The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Students must be 10 years of age by the final day in order to receive permanent certification. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Class size is limited to 50 students, so preregistration is required. To register, call Nancy at the West Virginia DNR District 3 office at 304-924-6211 Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or Bruce Stewart, Hunter Education instructor, at 304-940-3076.