Hunter's education, firearm safety lessons start Monday

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Moose Javians interested in taking up hunting will be able to study firearm safety and hunting techniques starting Monday.

“The course is open to anyone 11 years of age or older, but they have to be 11,” said Harry Horejda, the program’s instructor. “In total it works out to be about 24 hours of instruction over 12 weeknights, from 7 to 9 p.m. each night.”

The course is split into two separate, six-night sessions. The first is the Saskatchewan Hunter’s Education course, while the second six days are comprised of the Canadian Firearm Safety course.

Horejda, the instructor, said he is qualified to teach because he is a master firearms safety instructor and often teaches new intructors.

An individual can enrol for either of the two separate courses for $50, or they can opt to take the courses as a pair for $75, said Horejda.

The courses will teach students “wildlife identification and field care ... firearm safety protocols, how to load and unload a weapon, shooting positions, and also thefive primary actions for firearms: hinge, bolt, lever, pump and semi-automatic,” said Horejda.

Students will also learn about the history of firearms and primitive hunting methods such as bows and arrows and muzzle loaded weapons, Horejda said.

The courses are a requisite for anyone who wants to hunt that was born after Jan. 1, 1971, Horejda said. 

The courses are offered from Jan. 7 to 23 at the South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association office in the Sportsman’s Centre and the Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation office in Town ‘n’ Country Mall.

Organizations: South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association, Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation

Geographic location: Country Mall

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