DNR hunter safety classes to resume July 13
MADISON-In-person hunter and recreational vehicle education classes will resume Monday, July 13 under a set of guidelines and safety protocols released June 26 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Recreational Safety and Outdoor Skills Section, under Phase II of the Wisconsin State Government Bounce Back Plan.
The in-person hunter and recreational vehicle education classes resuming July 13 are for courses with 50 people or less.
In March, the DNR temporarily suspended all in-person hunter education and recreational safety classes due to public health advisories relating to COVID-19. At the same time, the DNR also cancelled, adjusted, and postponed an array of other in-person public events, meetings, trainings and agency operations to protect public health.
COVID-19 public health steps go beyond providing the educational safety courses for hunting, boating and off-highway vehicles, and will remain part of the safety class environment as classes start in July. The DNR will continue to prioritize the safety of the public, volunteer instructors, and department staff when determining protocols for resuming in-person recreational safety classes.
“We wish we had a one-size-fits-all plan. That is not possible because each safety class – whether it is hunter education or about recreational vehicle use – is different by location and the instructor,” said Lt. Warden Jon King, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement administrator of the hunter education program. “However, the safety and the well-being of our students and our instructors remains priority Number One regardless of where the class takes place.”
For more information, visit https://dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorskills/safetyeducation.html.