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Hunter education for Spring certification

02/22/16 -- Take advantage of the many hunter education opportunities available right now and get hunter education certified before spring turkey season (which runs April 15-May 31 statewide plus a youth-only season April 9-10).

Maddy and Morgan with a spring turkey Maddy took during the youth season in the Wenaha Unit last year. -Photo by Brett T.
Maddy and Morgan with a spring turkey Maddy took during the youth season in the Wenaha Unit last year. Photo by Brett T.

Hunter education is required for all hunters under the age of 18 and encouraged for adults, too. The classes cover important issues like hunter ethics and respect for private landowners; wildlife management and identification; firearms handling and safety; hunt preparation and techniques; survival; and introductory bowhunting.

ODFW offers two types of hunter education classes: a traditional classroom experience or independent study, which kids can do from home via workbook or online course. Independent study students also need to attend a field day to receive their hunter education certificate. Both types of class take about 12 hours to complete.

Independent study students can take one of three online courses (fees range from $13 to $29 and include mobile-friendly options) or request a free workbook by emailing odfw.info@state.or.us. Independent study students must also sign up for and complete a field day, where they practice safe firearm handling and shooting with certified hunter education instructors.

A list of classes ending in time for spring turkey season follows, but more classes are added all the time so see ODFW’s license sales site (View All Classes/Workshops / Hunter Ed Class or Hunter Ed Field Day tab) for the latest information and to register. New classes are added regularly so check back if you don’t see a date, time or location that works for you. Registering for a class or field day costs $10.

Field Days (Workbook or online course must be completed independently prior to field day)

  • Clackamas County, Colton Fire Hall, March 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Clatsop County, BKS Sportsmen's Club (Knappa), March 5, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Columbia County, Rainier Rod and Gun Club, April 9, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Deschutes County, Obsidian Middle School (Redmond) Feb. 19, 5-9 p.m. and Redmond Rod Gun Club, Feb. 20, 8:00 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Douglas County
    • Glide Baptist Church, Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Roseburg Rod and Gun Club, March 12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Roseburg Rod and Gun Club, April 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Jackson County, ODFW Denman Wildlife Area (Central Point), March 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Klamath County, Klamath Sportsman’s Park (Keno), March 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Lane County, Cole Range (Elmira), Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Linn County, Sweet Home Police Dept, Feb. 18 and 19, 5-9 p.m.
  • Linn County, Queener Ridge Pheasant Co (Scio), April 2, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Marion County (Gervais), Mid-Valley Clays (Gervais) Feb. 20 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and March 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Multnomah County, Portland Gun Club, Feb. 20. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and March 26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Umatilla County, Fox Harvesting Gravel (Hermiston), March 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Union County, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area (La Grande), March 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Washington County, Hillsboro Trap and Skeet, Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Washington County, Tri- Country Gun Club (Sherwood), March 20, 1-7 p.m. and April 3, 1-7 p.m.

Conventional Classes

    • Baker County, Baker County Library/Powder River Sportsmen’s Club, April 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22 from 5-8 p.m.
    • Clackamas County
      • Molalla Fire Station, Feb. 22, 23, 24, 29, March 1 from 6-9 p.m.
      • Canby Rod and Gun Club, Feb. 22, 24, 27, 29, March 4, 7 from 6-9 p.m.
      • Beavercreek Grange Hall, March 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11 from 6-9 p.m. and March 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Estacada Rod and Gun Club
      • Molalla Fire Department, April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 from 6-9 p.m.
    • Columbia County, Rainer Rod and Gun Club, March 28, 30 and April 4, 6 from 6-9 p.m.
    • Curry County, Gold Beach Fire Dept, Feb. 16, 18, 23, 25 from 5-8:30 p.m. and Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-2p.m.
    • Deschutes County, COSSA and Bend High School Intl Wing, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and Feb 24, 35, 29, March 1, 3 from 6-8/8:30 p.m.
    • Grant County:
      • Grant Union Jr. Sr. High School Library, Feb. 22, 24, 25, 29, March 2, 3, 5 from 6-9 p.m.
      • Dayville Community Church, Feb. 29, March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. and March 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Harney County, Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25, 29 and March 1, 2, 3 from 7-9 p.m. and Feb. 27 at Burns Butte Range from 10 a.m.-noon
    • Josephine County Sportsmen's Association (Grants Pass), Feb. 13 and 14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Lane County, Cascadian Bowmen and Cottage Grove-Eugene Sportsmans Club, (Noti and Creswell) March 12 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Malheur County, Malheur ESD classroom and Snake River Sportsmen Shooting Range (Vale), Feb. 18, 23, 25, 27, March 1, 8, 15, 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. and March 12 9 a.m.-noon
    • Marion County, Four Corners Rod and Gun Club (Salem), March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 from 6-9 p.m.
    • Morrow County:
    • AC Houghton Elementary School (Irrigon), March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and March 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sherman County, OSU Extension Office and King Pit (Moro), March 24, 25 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 26 from 8-11 a.m.
    • Umatilla County
      • VFW Hall and Fox Harvesting Gravel (Hermiston), March 1, 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 from 7-9 p.m. and March 12 from 8 a.m.-noon
      • Pendleton Convention Center, March 11, 6-8 p.m. and March 12, 13 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Union County
      • La Grande Island City School, Feb. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and March 1 from 7-9 p.m. plus La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-noon
      • Summerville Baptist Church, Feb. 23, 26, March 1, 4, 8, 11 from 7-9 p.m. and March 5, 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Wallowa County
      • Wallowa Gun Club, March 28, 30 and April 1, 5, 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. and April 2 from 8 -11 a.m.
      • Eagle Cap Shooters Association and Joseph Baptist Church (Joseph and Enterprise), March 29, 31 and April 4, 6, 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. plus April 2 from noon-3 p.m.
    • Washington County
      • Cabela’s Tualatin, Feb. 16, 18, 22, 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Tri County Gun Club (Sherwood) on Feb. 28 from 1-6 p.m.
      • Cabela’s Tualatin, April 5, 7, 12, 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Tri County Gun Club (Sherwood) on April 17 from 1-7 p.m.
      • Fire District #13 (Banks), March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and field day TBA
    • Yamhill County
      • Schoenborn Farm (McMinnville), Feb. 22, 29 and March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 2 from 6:30-8 p.m.
      • Springbrook Fire Station (Newberg), April 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. plus Newberg Rifle and Pistol on April 16 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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