Sign up Now for HuntSAFE Class

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The HuntSAFE course is for youth 12 and older and 11-year-olds who will turn 12 this year. The course is not necessary or intended for 10- or 11-year-olds who plan to participate in the mentored hunt program. Photo by Andrew Johnson

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is currently accepting registrations for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year, and registration for most classes is available online at gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education.

Walk-ins are accepted if space is available, but pre-registration is recommended and required for most classes.

“Course availability is limited as hunting seasons draw closer, so signing up now is your best bet of getting into a class,” said GFP HuntSAFE coordinator Patrick Klotzbach in a news release.

An independent study HuntSAFE class is also available.

“The independent study course allows students to complete the coursework online, at their own pace, and then attend a 4-6 hour field day,” Klotzbach said. “Not all cities offer this option, but those that do are listed on our website.”

Students interested in either the traditional classroom or independent study format must register online at gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education. Those wanting to take the independent study option must register for their field day and then complete the online course offered at hunter-ed.com/southdakota/. Students must take the course and print off their field day qualifier certificate and bring it to the field day.

The traditional classroom course is free, and the independent study HuntSAFE course is $15.

HuntSAFE classes are designed for youth ages 12 through 15. If a student turns 12 years old before Dec. 31, he or she may be issued a hunter-safety card and is eligible to obtain a hunting license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year.

Adults are welcome and invited to attend with their student or take the course on their own, as many states require certification for adults as well.

For more information on HuntSAFE, visit gfp.sd.gov/hunter-education or call 605-223-7700.