Area residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at a Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Course. Hosted by the Edward’s County Farm Bureau and sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension and Edwards Sportsmen’s Club, the free class will be held Friday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 12  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will hold the class in the Farm Bureau basement, where more room is available to allow social distancing. All participants need to bring their own masks. Unfortunately we will not be able to participate in any live firing activities this year. 

A 1996 state law requires that all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the hunter education course receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying that they have passed the course of instruction. Certification is also required for Illinois residents to obtain an out-of-state hunting license. 

The minimum ten-hour course includes instruction in Wildlife Conservation, Responsibility and Ethics, Firearms and Ammunition, Field Safety, Tree Stand Safety and State Regulations.  A fifty question, multiple choice test must be independently taken and passed by each participant to meet the state requirements for certification.   

Advanced registration is required and will be taken by the Edwards County Farm Bureau Office in Albion, 618-445-2113, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Class size is limited so do not delay in registering. Please bring a sack lunch on Saturday, as only a short lunch break will be taken. Kathy St. Ledger is the Master Instructor.