From July 24 to 26, a free Hunter Education Certification Course will be held.

The program will be administered by Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Halter, who is an International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) licensed instructor. Halter has been teaching the course for 20 years.

The course is mandatory for hunters born on or after September 1, 1969 unless they hunt under direct supervision of a licensed hunter or an individual with proof of hunter education certification.

The course covers several facets of Hunter Education, including gun safety, wildlife management and ethics.

The 12 hour course will broken down over three days: July 24- 26, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The course will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at 1115 Highway 27 in DeRidder. Anyone of or over the age of 10 may register for Hunter Education courses. Applicants aged 10 through 11 must be under supervision of a qualified individual even after receiving Hunter Education Certification.

To register, you must visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries government website.