Teaching Hunter Safety

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The Virginia Sportsmen's Foundation and the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office are teaming up to teach hunter safety.

The Hunter Skills Weekend will take place at Liberty Corner Farm Aug. 29 and 30.

The weekend is designed to help beginning hunters develop skills beyond basic hunter education as well as teaching experienced hunters interested in different disciplines, such as archery or muzzleloader shooting.

Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding said, "If you have got a child that's approaching 12 or 13 years old and wants to start hunting, they can't get a hunting license and never go out and hunt on their own. When they are 16 or 17, unless they have taken this required course they can't obtain a hunting license."

Students need to bring hearing and eye protection as well as their own ammunition, shotgun or rifle if they plan on staying after the course for supervised shooting instruction.

This is a free course, being conducted with the cooperation of the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

It will focus on skills including shooting, woodsmanship and ways to hunt different animals.

At the end of the course, participants can get their Hunter Safety Course certificate.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Ike Wright at 434-566-2164.

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