The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled a Hunter Education Course in Pocahontas County from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 16 and from 1-5 p.m., April 17 at the Marlinton Public Library. This training is mandatory for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, prior to purchasing a hunting license for West Virginia.
The Hunter Education Course is a minimum of 10 hours of instruction with hands-on gun exercises using inoperable firearms and dummy ammunition, followed by a final exam. Those successfully completing the course will be issued a "Certificate of Completion" card, which will be proof of completing the course It is to be shown when purchasing a license.
Students must have reached their 10th birthday by final exam day to be eligible for a permanent card. Students ages 8 and 9 may qualify for a temporary card. No one under 8 years of age may take the course. This course is recognized in all states and Canadian Providences, as well as Mexico.
These classes are offered free of charge. Pre-register on-line at www.wvdnr.gov, or call Gidget at 304-924-6211.